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Fundamentals support new butadiene capacity in Europe

5:19 AM MDT | May 3, 2013 | —Francinia Protti-Alvarez

Europe’s butadiene producers are expected to benefit from growing demand and limited yields despite recent uncertainty over the short-term direction of butadiene prices, IHS Chemical says. Historical data provide evidence of healthier margins for butadiene than for ethylene in Europe. As a result, some of Europe’s butadiene producers have launched expansion projects or commissioned new capacity for start-up in 2013–16. Europe’s ethylene margins continue to be weak, and remain unpredictable and volatile. Short-term weakness in the butadiene market and a...

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