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Stable ethylene, lower feedstock prices boost margins in Europe

7:50 AM MDT | July 12, 2013 | —Francinia Protti-Alvarez

Ethylene contract prices have been stable in Europe over the last couple of months. July settled at €1,170/m.t. ($1,500/m.t.), a rollover on June, and the June contract was just €5/m.t. higher than that of May. Planned outages and technical issues at various European steam crackers have resulted in a reduction of output at those plants. The crackers still running were able to do so at higher rates, to match an improvement in demand from polyethylene (PE), according to the latest IHS Chemical’s Market Advisory Service: Europe & Middle East...

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