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The Coronavirus’ Effect on the Chemicals, Coatings & Plastics Industry, Business and Industry Trends Analysis

=         Lower prices of feedstocks for petrochemicals plants, in terms of lower natural gas and petroleum-related costs.  However, this was not good news for firms (such as ExxonMobil and Saudi Aramco) that produce oil and gas as well as convert them into petrochemicals.  By mid-2021, prices had bounced back to much higher levels.
=         Reduced demand from many categories of industrial customers, such as the automotive and aircraft industries.  By 2021, demand had resumed.
=         Increased demand for cleaning and disinfecting agents and chemicals, such as bleach.
=         Increased demand for packaging for retail grocery items.
=         Delayed or cancelled investments in major new chemicals plants, which can cost many billions of dollars each and take years to build.  Reduced sales to industrial customers left some chemicals manufacturers scrambling to preserve cash, while others were under heavy debt loads.

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