Coronavirus and polymers - are fibre markets spinning out?

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The world is different, now. The plastics industry was bright-eyed and optimistic heading in to the new decade. The protracted trade war between the US and China was pointed towards resolution, concerns over the fallout of Brexit had abated and demand expectations improved following a lack-lustre 2019. Such optimism was quickly withdrawn, however, as the coronavirus outbreak began to grip global economies, first in China and now world-wide. Welcome to our weekly update on how the coronavirus is impacting polymer demand. In each of these updates we’ll seek to provide you with • commentary about important developments surrounding coronavirus broadly • how we’re perceiving demand in different markets and regions • and how that is reflected in a newly developed coronavirus demand model

Table of contents

  • The pandemic
  • Global economy
  • Revisiting the 'second wave setback'
  • Apparel sector hit hard by non-existent demand
  • Textile and apparel industries show commitment to suppliers
  • PPE provides a boost to fibre production
  • Conclusions

Tables and charts

This report includes 8 images and tables including:

  • Verisk AIR dashboard: global forecast of cases and fatailities, 2 week outlook
  • PA66 remains most exposed in 2020 as modelled in the 'setback' scenario
  • Profile for polymer demand as modelled in the 'second wave setback' scenario
  • Comparing the 'setback' and 'second wave setback' scenarios
  • Estimated PPE units per ton fibre

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