The global pandemic has caused upheaval everywhere in the economy and especially in the chemical industry where demand destruction, disrupted supply chains and human capital challenges have been exacerbated. However, perhaps there’s a silver lining: the accelerating adoption of digital technologies to safely and efficiently run operations in the new normal. And this has become a requirement to maintain a competitive advantage; it’s no longer a “nice to have”. While the chemical industry just can’t digitalize overnight, it can’t afford to wait years to reap the benefits of a digital thread. This panel discussion showcases a variety of industry experts discussing how digitalization can be rapidly achieved with the right technology, smart assets and planning to provide lasting business value.