IRANPOLYMER/BASPAR The plastics industry entered the new decade on an optimistic note. The US-China trade war was pointed towards resolution, concerns over the fallout of Brexit had abated and demand expectations had improved following a lackluster 2019. Then the coronavirus outbreak changed everything. The impact on polymer demand has been nuanced. Virus containment measures have seen large portions of economies temporarily shut down. However, some of the slowdowns have been offset by frenzied consumer buying of necessities as lockdowns took effect in different regions. What does it all mean for the plastics industry? Andrew Brown (, Senior Analyst, Polymer Demand, and Ashish Chitalia (, Head of Global Polyolefin at Wood Mackenzie, discuss how a newly-developed coronavirus demand model has highlighted two scenarios: setback and shock.