Ethylene starts year with a bang

April 2012
ICIS Chemical Business;4/2/2012, Vol. 281 Issue 13, Special section p24
Trade Publication
The article focuses on ethylene margins in the U.S. in 2012 and concerns that increased investment could result in overcapacity. It states tightening supply, a drop in the cost of the feedstock ethane, and chemical plant turnarounds has resulted in an increase of U.S. ethylene margins. It mentions six ethylene chemical plants were taken offline or experienced unplanned outages in January-February 2012, which drove up the price of spot ethylene. It comments on prices in the polyethylene market.


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