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North American PVC prices leap on tight supply and seasonal strength

7:21 AM MST | February 7, 2014 | —Clay Boswell

North American demand for polyvinyl chloride (PVC) has been strong, supply is tightening, and, with construction season approaching, producers aim to increase prices. “There is a sequence of PVC price increases on the table, and all the signs are that producers are well positioned to achieve a good portion of these,” says IHS Chemical’s Market Advisory Service: Global Vinyls. Buyers were disappointed by the December 2013 contract, a rollover from November. They had hoped for a 1-ct/lb reduction, but the firming market for ethylene buoyed PVC...

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