PODCAST: As lockdowns are eased, identify pockets of demand, long-term trends

Author: Will Beacham

2020/05/11

BARCELONA (ICIS)--As coronavirus lockdowns are eased, it is important to seek out “micro surges” of demand whilst being aware of long-term trends such as the consumer shift to affordability.

  • Get really close to end-use markets to identify pockets of strong or weak demand
  • How collapse in smartphone sales highlights consumer shift to affordability
  • ICIS Petrochemical Index (IPEX) collapses to 2003 levels
  • All regions suffer steep falls driven by oil price and weak demand

Listen to this podcast interview with International eChem chairman Paul Hodges, ICIS Asia senior consultant John Richardson and ICIS Insight editor Nigel Davis.

Podcast interview by Will Beacham

Read more analysis of chemical market trends in this week's edition of ICIS Chemical Business.

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