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North American chlor-alkali exports to rise on shale

5:41 AM MST | January 25, 2013 | —Clay Boswell

Natural gas from shale brings North American chlor-alkali producers key advantages that will enable them to increase their share of the global market despite subdued demand and chronic overcapacity, analysts say. One of the beneficiaries of this shift will be Georgia Gulf—or Axiall, as the company will be known once it merges with the commodities business newly acquired from PPG Industries. At the heart of Georgia Gulf’s business are the vinyl chloride monomer (VCM) and polyvinyl chloride (PVC) resins and compounds—the chlor-vinyls. They...

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