Chemicals face a new reality

flat arrow.jpgThe blog believes that the landscape has changed during the current downturn. We came into it on the back of a major boom in consumption, supported by reckless lending and borrowing. This mind-set seems unlikely to return quickly.

Instead, as the period of destocking/restocking comes to an end, we may face a “new reality”. This probably involves a paradigm of higher savings, lower consumption, and global GDP growth of perhaps 2.5% rather than the historical 3.5%.

This scenario is more challenging than the consensus view of a quick V-shaped recovery. But if correct, it will also present a number of major opportunities for those companies who recognise that the basis of industry competition has now changed.

I outline some of the key issues in a new article for this week’s ICIS Chemical Business. Please click here if you would like to read it. As always, I would welcome your insights on the points discussed.

About Paul Hodges

Paul Hodges is Chairman of International eChem, trusted commercial advisers to the global chemical industry. Paul is also an invited member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council. The aim of this blog is to share ideas about the influences that may shape the chemical industry over the next 12 – 18 months. It will try to look behind today’s headlines, to understand what may happen next in important issues such as oil prices, economic growth and the environment. We may also have some fun, investigating a few of the more offbeat events that take place from time to time. 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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