I wonder if
the world's most famous hockey mom is spending any time right now getting
back-to-school haircuts and new shoes for her kids. Probably not, as the
Alaskan school term runs from 20 August, but here in
the busiest time of the year for sales of laptop computers, stationery, school
bags and all the paraphernalia that students and schoolchildren buy and destroy
in the course of the academic year.
But are there any chemicals which benefit from this seasonal upsurge in commercial activity? What about polyurethane shoe soles, solvents for printing, ethoxylates for shampoos?
No, it seems that the only seasons the industry recognises are the summer "driving season" - boom time for gasoline components, "the coolant season" - midwinter strong sales of MEG, "the pre-Xmas candle season" - big news for the paraffin wax business, "the printing season" - peak demand in summer for printing inks for Xmas wrapping paper, and of course the "Sommerloch" or dreaded "summer lull."