Polymer users face margin squeeze

Viswanathan, Prema
September 2006
ICIS Chemical Business;9/11/2006, Vol. 1 Issue 34, p15
Trade Publication
This article reports on the problems posed by thinning margins on polymer end-users in the Middle East. Many buyers in the Middle East had kept inventories at rock-bottom levels due to political uncertainty during the Israel-Lebanon conflict, and only returned to the market after it ended earlier this month in a United Nations-brokered cease fire. Production cuts in the Middle East and Europe have created severe shortages in the Middle East.


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