Daily Chemical Reaction
Wrong Place, Wrong Time – BASF & German Troubles Far From Over, More Strategic Action Needed
- European chemical producers face the challenges of a global production cost disadvantage and a generally mature consumer growth profile, spurring some to make aggressive strategic moves.
- BASF estimates global chemical production growth will outpace GDP and industrial production growth in 2023 – a consensus view, but demand and cost curve shifts could adjust the order.
- Many non-integrated specialty chemical producers expect price support but falling costs in 2H23 – this setting will likely require an unlikely combo of demand strength and lower oil prices.
- BASF initiatives to transform the Ludwigshafen Verbund site to net zero emissions by 2045, may be more expensive than closure! We also flag Origin Materials’ very big year in 2023.
- We highlight the recent movement in US used-car values and inventory and that some global auto-build views for 2023 provide suppliers hope despite falling consumer affordability.
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