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Global VAM prices firm as a result of supply tightness

6:02 AM MDT | March 14, 2014 | —Francinia Protti-Alvarez

Vinyl acetate monomer (VAM) spot prices are expected to remain firm until July because of numerous planned and unplanned production stoppages in North America, Europe, and the Mideast, says IHS Chemical. Demand for VAM has been relatively stable in recent months, but the Western European market is very tight following two plant closures last year. “The current supply tightness comes at a time when VAM demand into the paints and coatings industry peaks alongside construction activity,” says Mike Nash, global director/synthesis gas chemicals at IHS...

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