Chemical supply chain shows positive signs of strengthening

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The Chemical Business Association (CBA) has released results from the latest quarterly supply chain survey, which shows a cautious but growing optimism throughout the CBA membership for the months ahead.
The most recent survey portrays a supply chain that is gradually strengthening, with 29% of respondents reporting improvements in their order books over the previous 3 months, compared with only 5% in Q3.
These positive developments continue when considering sales, with 21% of respondents reporting improvements, in comparison with only 9% for the previous quarterly survey.
The survey also highlights a growing optimism and confidence within the chemical supply chain for the near term, with 38% of respondents anticipating an improvement in upcoming sales over the next three months, compared to only 5% at the conclusion of Q3.
The trend continues, with 17% of respondents expecting future sales margins to improve – a huge improvement when considering that no respondents expected any improvement over the coming months, at the conclusion of Q3.
Tim Doggett, Chemical Business Association’s CEO, said: “Following what seemed to be a general downturn and cooling in the market throughout 2023, but particularly in Q3, the latest supply chain survey does suggest a degree of increased optimism, which will hopefully continue throughout 2024.
“However, one significant aspect that has changed is a huge increase in the reporting of logistics issues, which is not surprising given the ongoing and very concerning situation in the Red Sea and the resulting rerouting of vessels.
“The survey remains of vital importance to our members. It provides a clear indication of potential and ongoing issues confronting the chemical supply chain, chemical industry and industry as a whole. It shows us where best to focus our attention, not to mention the knowledge and support of the numerous dedicated partners, organisations and initiatives with which we collaborate.”

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