Moody’s sees negative outlook for Asian petchems

Its not just the World Bank that is concerned about the outlook for East Asia. Today, Moody’s (the ratings agency) says it has a negative outlook for the petrochemical sector over the next 12-18 months. It concludes:

• “In response to weakening global demand, Asia Pacific’s petrochemical companies are rapidly shedding inventory and delaying their procurement of feedstock, which has amplified the sector’s current down-cycle.
• “The negative outlook in the Asia-Pacific petrochemical sector reflects petrochemical manufacturers’ deteriorating margins, which in turn result from weak demand, a slowing economic environment, and new capacity coming online in the Middle East and China in 2009 and beyond.”

About Paul Hodges

Paul Hodges is Chairman of International eChem, trusted commercial advisers to the global chemical industry. He also serves as a Global Expert for the World Economic Forum. The aim of this blog is to share ideas about the influences that may shape the chemical industry and the global economy over the next 12 – 18 months. It looks behind today’s headlines, to understand what may happen next in critical areas such as oil prices, China and Emerging Markets, currencies, autos, housing, economic growth and the environment. Please do join me and share your thoughts. Between us, we will hopefully develop useful insights into the key factors that will drive the industry's future performance.

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