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IHS WPC 2014: Butadiene demand to outpace supply in 2013-18

7:54 AM MDT | April 1, 2014 | Francinia Protti-Alvarez

Butadiene demand growth is expected to outpace crude C4 production over the 2013-18 period, marking a return to more "historically typical market conditions," said Bill Hyde, senior director/olefins and elastomers at IHS Chemical, speaking at the IHS World Petrochemical Conference (WPC), held recently in Houston. Butadiene supply and demand are disconnected, Hyde said. Supply is dependent on ethylene production, non-durable goods, and energy markets, and demand is dominated by durable goods, specifically those made by the automotive industry. The shift...

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