Major changes underway in chemicals markets

ICB Sept10.pngThis week’s ICIS Chemical Business includes the blog’s article on the changes taking place in global markets for ethylene, propylene, butadiene, benzene and paraxylene. These have a potential impact on buyers and sellers all the way down the various value chains.

The article updates the blog’s major series on these issues in the summer, and also links to the demographic changes now underway in the West. It suggests that “prudent producers and consumers might want to develop a Scenario-based approach to future planning, that includes further development of the analysis set out“.

Please click here to download a free copy of the article. And please click here to see the YouTube interview with Will Beacham, ICB deputy editor, which explores some of the key issues in more detail.

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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