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Detergent alcohols: Growing capacity will continue to drive down operating rates

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

Production capacity for detergent alcohols has grown by leaps and bounds since 2007, far more quickly than demand, with the result that plant operating rates are very low. Given the great volume of capacity still in the pipeline, the situation will not improve anytime soon. In fact, it is likely to worsen, says Ralf Gubler, senior principal analyst at IHS Chemical. Gubler has been analyzing the detergent alcohols market for the IHS Chemical Economics Handbook, which is issuing a new report on the market this month. He says that chronic underutilization has dogged...

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