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IHS: Asia butadiene to tighten on shortage of crude C4s

7:00 AM MDT | May 30, 2014 | —Clay Boswell

Butadiene demand in Asia will grow more quickly over the next few years than supply, which will be constrained by the availability of crude C4, says IHS Chemical. On-purpose production of butadiene will increase to help make up the difference. Asian demand for butadiene has been weak since the second half of 2013 mainly because of the low consumption of synthetic rubber from the tire industry, tied to weak GDP growth, according to the 20 May issue of IHS Chemical’s Market Advisory Service: Global C4 Olefins and Elastomers. Asia’s butadiene capacity...

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