Chemical markets risk downturn

The blog was in Brussels this week, chairing the ICIS European Purchasing Conference.

It was a packed room. Buyers are clearly very concerned about the high level of current raw material prices, and their volatility.

I was also interviewed by ICIS’ Will Beacham. The discussion covered:

• The effect of high oil prices on demand
• The risk of a downturn and
• The likely impact of the ageing BabyBoomers (those born between 1946-70) on future demand patterns.

Please click here if you would like to see it.

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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