28 3 2017
Competition is high in all segments and price pressure offsets sales volume growth, meaning that the already low profit margins will remain under pressure.
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16 7 2019
Should the Sino-US trade dispute continue or even escalate, US petrochemical businesses would face unfriendly market conditions with falling prices.
The repercussions of the trade dispute with the US have been limited so far, but several US-export dependent SMEs could fail should the dispute continue.
Profitability of businesses is generally high in this sector, but Brexit poses a downside risk for businesses profitability and payment behaviour.
Due to the more difficult market environment and decreasing sales, we have recently downgraded the sector performance outlook from “Excellent” to “Good”.
Performance is affected by slowdown in demand from automotive, uncertainty about Italian fiscal policy and the trade dispute between the US and China.
The Brazilian agrichemicals sector remains very susceptible to sudden changes in climate conditions, market prices and exchange rate fluctuations.
In the medium- to long-term low-cost competitors from Asia and the Middle East could seriously challenge Singapore's export-oriented chemicals industry.
The plastics segment is impacted by environmental awareness and stricter regulations, which could negatively affect businesses in the near future.
09 7 2019
The EU continues to buck the international protectionist trend, signing two historic trade agreements.
25 6 2019
Although Mexico is well-positioned to withstand shocks, as its external finances remain strong, the country’s economic outlook is weakening.