One of the new skills being learnt in this current crisis is how to run plants efficiently at low operating rates.
"It's funny that for years now, we've worried about how to scale up profitably. Now industry is faced with just the opposite, how to scale down profitably," says Mark Matzopoulos, chief operating officer at UK-based Process Systems Enterprise in this article in ICIS Chemical Business.
A friend of mine has just graduated from university with a very good degree in chemicals engineering and has managed to land a job with an engineering company. His fellow graduates have not been as lucky in their search for jobs with chemical companies.
At least somebody is making money out of this crisis