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Polymers: Modest Improvement Ahead

3:18 PM MST | January 9, 2012 | Gregory DL Morris

Most polymer makers expect a modest improvement in the overall economy in 2012, perhaps as much as 2%, with polymer demand keeping pace and growing slightly above growth in the overall economy. Polypropylene makers also face concerns about product substitution. “PP went through the roof at midyear, sparking more talk of converters moving to polyethylene,” says a market watcher. “But the price for everything has come way back down. Substitution between polyolefins is not a back-and-forth decision, so resin makers and converters are going to have...

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