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Mideast Manufacturers Diversify Plastics Product Slate

8:33 AM MDT | June 11, 2010 | Ian Young

The Middle East plastics industry was originally focused almost solely on polyethylene as producers in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries built plants to make ethylene and derivatives, based on regional availability of cheap ethane feedstock. But as the regional plastics manufacturing sector has developed, its portfolio of products has diversified. The introduction of dedicated technologies to make propylene, such as propane dehydrogenation and olefins conversion—as well as projects to build liquid-feed crackers as ethane becomes scarcer—has...

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