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This Frost & Sullivan briefing offers an overview of the impact and implications of low crude oil prices on the chemical industry across developed and emerging economies. The two sectors that have been analyzed are polymers and specialty chemicals. The impact on different types of polymers and specialty chemicals has been discussed and trends and short term implications have been charted out. The briefing also examines how select companies have been and will be affected in the short term.

How Crude Oil Prices Impact the Chemical Industry
Product Pricing
- Feedstock Prices/Input Prices
- Energy Costs
- Transportation Costs
- Profitability

Product Demand
- Price: Performance Ratio
- Shifting / Substitution Trends
- End-user Trends

Trade Patterns
- Intrinsic Competitiveness
- External Competitiveness

Table Of Contents

Global Impact and Implications of Low Crude Oil Prices on the Chemical Industry
Crude Oil Overview
Crude Oil—Production and Consumption
Crude Oil—Trade Dynamics
Crude Oil—Supply, Demand, and Prices

Impact on the Chemical Industry
How Crude Oil Prices Impact the Chemical Industry
Polymers—Price Dependency
Polymers—Application Impact Matrix
Specialty Chemicals—Impact and Implications
Specialty Chemicals—Impact and Implications (continued)
Specialty Chemicals—Impact and Implications (continued)
Bio-based Products' Regional and Application Impact
Impact on Select Chemical Companies

Conclusions and Implications
Conclusions and Implications
Conclusions and Implications (continued)
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Appendix
List of Polymers

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