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Pressing on Prices

3:45 PM MDT | June 30, 2008 | Robert Westervelt Robw@Chemweek.Com

Dow Chemical’s move last week to lift pricing by a further 25% in July, in addition to the 20% hike it announced in May, underscores the urgent and critical situation faced by chemical makers as both energy and feedstock costs soar (p. 8). Dow’s first-half feedstock and energy costs are up more than 40% year-over-year. Oil and feedstock costs have continued to rise since its initial May announcement, “and that trajectory shows no sign of changing,” Dow says. The company’s hydrocarbon and energy bill has surged four-fold, from $8...

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