PODCAST: Optimism for June/July may be misplaced, focus on remodelling business

Will Beacham


BARCELONA (ICIS)–Hopes of a recovery in demand in June and July may not be realistic and the chemical industry should focus on steps to retool for different future market needs, senior chemicals commentators said on Monday.

  • Set realistic expectations for June/July and rest of 2020
  • Long term, global economy could be at 70-90% of previous levels
  • EU’s €750bn rescue package and what that could mean for chemicals
  • How a move to local supply chains could transform the chemical industry
  • Revolution in Europe’s PMMA sheet market – from doldrums to new investments
  • Fears about increasing social unrest in the US and globally

Listen to this podcast interview with Paul Hodges, chairman at consultancy International eChem, ICIS Insight Editor Nigel Davis and Katherine Sale, senior editor in Europe for acrylates, polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) and methyl methacrylate (MMA).

Podcast interview by Will Beacham

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