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The Polish chemical sector recorded positive annual performance across all major segments in 2012, but the growth pace decelerated visibly compared to the previous year, in line with the slowdown of country’s economy and external demand. The situation is also partly explained by high base comparison, particularly in the case of exports, which neared pre-crisis levels in 2011. The exports of chemicals advanced by x.x% y/y to over EUR 19.8bn and accounted for xx.x% of Poland’s total exports in 2012, the second group in terms of size. In terms of output and production sold, the situation varied widely across the market segments in 2012 and Jan-Apr 2013. Production of plastics in primary forms declined by x.x% y/y in 2012, but witnessed a rebound in Jan-Apr 2013. Production of rubber products also returned to growth in 2013, after shrinking by x.x% y/y in 2012. Nitrogenous fertiliser output recorded y/y advance last year, but turned in the negative area in Jan-Apr 2013, partly on seasonal factors.
Despite the slowdown of growth in 2012 and Jan-Apr 2013, the performance of the Polish chemical sector remains above the European average, where production contracted by x.x% y/y in 2012 and by x.x% y/y in Q1/2013.
The growth of sales revenues in the chemical industry also eased visibly in 2012, to x.x% y/y, from xx.x% y/y in 2011, official statistics show. Although major companies active in the chemical sector reported rising revenues in 2012, profitability deteriorated visibly, impacted negatively by the sharp increase of raw material prices, as well as prices of natural gas and electricity. According to market data, 17 of the top 20 chemical players recorded y/y increase of revenues in 2012. In terms of net profit, however, more than half of them reported declining annual result.
The prospects for the future are linked to a cumulus of factors, related to the overall macroeconomic environment both in Poland and in the EU, as most chemical exports have European destinations, particular performance of the sectors supplied by the chemical industry, regulatory measures, as well as the evolution of the exchange rate.
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