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Adapting to a changing landscape

Midyear outlook for the global chemical industry

Adapting to a changing landscape

  • In this report the views of various chemical industry leaders have been canvassed. Their opinions about the following were sought:
    • How the recession has affected the industry globally
    • The biggest challenges facing the industry
    • Whether there’ll be major industry restructuring
    • If demand will return to pre-recessionary levels
    • Which indicators to look out for, indicating imminent revival
    • What will separate success from failure in the industry
  • The following is a summation of their responses
    • Global demand has contracted greatly with the automotive industry at the forefront as a major cause for this contraction
    • Consolidation will be the main challenge in these uncertain times, there will be a need to separate real economic growth from stimulus packages
    • In the short to medium-term it is unlikely that pre-recessionary levels will be achieved
    • Acquisition are likely to be the order of the day as smaller companies (that cannot leverage scale) suffer the most from the economic down turn
    • The companies that have made the right (and often tough decisions will have bright futures)

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