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US chlor-alkali exports, margins rising on shale advantage

9:30 AM MDT | May 6, 2013 | —Clay Boswell

Demand for chlor-alkali products is growing on the back of recovery in the construction sector, but the benefit will not be spread evenly around the globe, according to Steve Brien, senior director/global inorganics at IHS Chemical. Brien, who delivered a presentation on the topic last month at the Chlorine Institute’s annual meeting at Houston, says that US producers will win a disproportionate share of market growth and earn greater margins. The outlook reiterates a common theme of late: the profound influence of shale gas on the North American chemical...

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