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Engineering plastics: Near-term hurdles and long-term growth

2:09 PM MDT | October 7, 2013 | —Clay Boswell

Trends in the automotive, electrical and electronics, and appliance markets present bright prospects for engineering plastics, but feedstock issues and sluggish economic growth complicate the near-term view. “Demand has been somewhat lackluster around the world,” says Paul Blanchard, director/engineering plastics at IHS Chemical. “North America is seeing the benefit of what really comes down to a very good automotive industry performance and good demand for light vehicles.”...

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