Outlook bright this quarter for ethylene as the downturn is pushed further back

Davis, Nigel; Jha, Isha; Beacham, Will
May 2007
ICIS Chemical Business;5/21/2007, Vol. 2 Issue 67, p17
Trade Publication
The article presents an outlook for the chemical industry for 2007. According to the authors, higher-priced oil, naphtha and natural gas ate keeping the pressure on costs but producers are pushing prices higher downstream. Ethylene prices are moving up but better demand prospects will help, the authors say. Chlorine and polyvinyl chloride (PVC) prices are rising. Some operational problems in the second quarter are keeping supply/demand balances tight, analysts suggest.


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