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Nova Expects Strong Ethylene and PE Demand Through 2011

1:44 PM MDT | April 18, 2007 | Chemical Week Editorial Staff

Lipton: Demand, delays boost outlook. Growing demand and delays in new ethylene and polyethylene (PE) capacity additions will likely keep operating rates strong through at least 2011, says Jeff Lipton, president and CEO of Nova Chemicals. Although operating rates are likely to peak around 2008, they are expected to stay above 90%, Nova says. Most market consultants had projected strong market conditions until 2009-2010, when new capacity is expected to flood the market. Nova’s PE volumes picked up significantly in March, following lackluster demand in the...

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