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Europe PE prices supported by ethylene, import duties to rise

5:58 AM MST | December 20, 2013 | ­—Francinia Protti-Alvarez

November domestic polyethylene (PE) sales were strong in Europe and, on average, almost 10% higher than in October, IHS Chemical says. Producers of PE, following a higher ethylene price settlement, announced December price increases for PE in line with or above the ethylene hike. The December ethylene price settled with an increase of €30/m.t. ($41), giving a price of €1,225/m.t. del northwest Europe (NWE). This ethylene contract increase is the first in Europe since 2010, according to IHS Chemical data. Nevertheless, with most of Europe’s steam...

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