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Report: Chlor-Alkali Industry to Grow Slowly Through 2012

8:45 AM MST | November 19, 2010 | LINDSEY BEWLEY

The North American chlor-alkali market is expected to grow about 2%-3%/year through 2012, to about 11.5 million m.t., in part due to slower recovery in end-user markets, says a recent report from Fitch Ratings (New York). For the rest of 2010, Fitch expects the region to experience gradual volume growth and price stabilization. The U.S. chlor-alkali market has recovered from the sharp inventory destocking and severe demand collapse of 2009, but the reversal has been slow and production is below pre-recession levels, Fitch says. “In the first half of 2010...

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