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PET Margins to Bottom Out

10:17 AM MDT | July 23, 2007 | Peck Hwee Sim

Aslug of new capacity is likely to drag down North American polyethylene terephthlate (PET) margins this year, analysts say. An additional 1 million m.t./year of capacity is starting up in the region within the first quarter, and this will pull down operating rates and compress margins, they say. Eastman Chemical’s 350,000-m.t./year plant at Columbia, SC started up late last year, and is now in commercial production, the company says. Eastman says it expects to be running the plant at full capacity by the end of the first quarter. DAK Americas is expected...

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