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20th July 2017
The Chinese chemicals industry has entered a phase of lower but still solid growth, with chemicals demand growth rates still above global average.
Producers are looking to take further advantage of low natural gas prices in the US, which enables the significant expansion of methane-based projects.
Profit margins of British chemicals businesses could be negatively affected by domestic economic uncertainty over the outcome of the Brexit negotiations.
The Italian chemicals industry continues to benefit from a rebound in domestic demand, however fiscal crimes plague the fuel wholesalers segment.
Despite a rebound agrichemicals remains susceptible to sudden changes of exogenous factors like climate, market prices and exchange rate fluctuations.
The sector records solid growth rates, but caution is advised with smaller fuel wholesalers and stations due to a grey economy in fuel trade in the past.
The robust economic growth has led to rising demand for petrochemical products, while the rubber and plastics are benefitting from automotive demand.
Indonesian chemicals sector growth is driven by demand from the construction and automotive industries and an increasing population with rising incomes.
The industry remains affected by the slowdown in the country´s economic performance, which has led to lower investments and decreased public spending.
Chemicals production growth is expected to increase about 2.5% in 2017 and 2018 while payment delays and insolvencies will remain at very low level.