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Coronavirus and polymers - sustainability through the pandemic

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29 May 2020

Coronavirus and polymers - sustainability through the pandemic

Report summary

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 Such optimism was quickly withdrawn, however, as the coronavirus outbreak began to grip global economies, first in China and now world-wide.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
  • 2019: a turning point?
  • Spinning around? Can circular momentum be maintained in a volatile environment?
  • No easy choices: sustainability in the apparel value chain
  • Squaring the circle - securing a sustainable recovery

Tables and charts

This report includes 8 images and tables including:

  • Verisk AIR dashboard: global forecast of cases and fatalities, 2-week outlook
  • Changes to our ‘setback’ outlook primarily driven by more granular views evolving over time
  • Pandemic response profile reflects our view of China as less impacted than the raw OSI
  • European bale prices rose following the EU’s Single Use Plastics Directive
  • Challenges mount for players throughout the recycling value chain
  • Consumer brands are willing to pay a premium for recycled feedstock
  • Apparel industry faces challenging sustainability decisions

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