Daily Chemical Reaction
- The European chemical industry faces near-to-medium-term cost and demand challenges that could cut its manufacturing base more than its energy transition gains.
- NW European (and Asia) natural gas prices have increased considerably relative to US levels compared to their 4Q22 lows – a plus for North American chemical producers.
- We highlight NW Europe polymer and ethylene profit trends relative to US and Asia and note the different responses to profit losses from Asian and European producers.
- We discuss the challenges posed by Scope 1+2 emissions tied to energy & associated sector production that are easier to tackle relative to downstream scope 3 emissions.
- Global container freight rates, on average, continue to trend toward 2019 levels, with Europe freight rates to the US holding up relative to most other routes from YTD highs.
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