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Shale to shield US chlor-alkali, vinyls

6:59 AM MDT | October 11, 2013 | —Clay Boswell

Over the next 10 years, the global market for polyvinyl chloride (PVC) will be oversupplied by an annual average of 18 million m.t., according to analysts at IHS Chemical, but producers in the United States will be able to maintain profitability, owing to low energy costs resulting from the boom in shale gas. The analysts support their conclusions in two new IHS Chemical World Analysis reports, Chlor-Alkali 2014 and Vinyls 2014. They estimate that global PVC demand will grow at average annual rates of 4% through 2018 and 3.5% through 2023. “Global operating...

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