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Plastics: Demand Resilience Amid Uncertainty

8:04 AM MDT | March 16, 2012 | -Lindsey Bewley with Gregory DL Morris

The first quarter of 2012 has been better than expected for the plastics industry. Leading producers of polyolefins say they are optimistic that the market is recovering. “A combination of reasonable demand from ongoing economic recovery, coupled with planned and unplanned outages across the industry has led to trends that are stronger than in the back-half of 2011,” says Howard Ungerleider, president/performance plastics at Dow Chemical. The world economy slowed in early 2012 but the good news is that most regions are expected to show an upturn...

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