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VCI Raises Full-Year Output Forecast for Germany's Chemical Industry; First-Quarter Results Reach 'Historic High' Levels

7:19 AM MDT | May 17, 2011 | Natasha Alperowicz

VCI (Frankfurt), the German chemical industry association, has raised its growth outlook for sales by Germany's chemical industry in 2011 following "unsusually strong" growth in early 2011. Plants were operating at full speed and, at times, reached full capacity utilization, resulting in the highest ever quarterly production and sales. This favorable environment resulted in the "marked creation" of new jobs, for the first time in two decades, VCI says. Germany has the largest chemical industry in Europe, accounting for about 25%...

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