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Europe acetone in a lull

5:54 AM MST | January 24, 2014

Europe’s acetone market remains in a lull, says IHS Chemical. Supply is comfortable, although the restart of a major methyl methacrylate unit has set the market on a path toward balanced supply and demand. Domestic output is still limited by the weak state of phenol and its derivatives, and operating rates are about 75%. No product has arrived from the United States or Asia, where prices were strong and supply tight at the end of 2013. Imports from the Mideast have also been limited in the last couple of...

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