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Plastics: Emerging Demand Growth

2:00 PM MST | January 7, 2011

Plastics demand growth, at more than 5%/year, is expected to increase faster than global GDP through 2014, driven by the emerging economies, industry analysts say. “Robust demand for polyolefins has been led by China, Northeast Asia, and the Mideast, fueled by economic recovery,” says Sanjay Sharma, director/India at CMAI (Dubai). The outlook for 2011-12 in North America remains positive with polyethylene (PE) expected to grow at a rate of 4%-5%/year through 2014, commodity producers say. Domestic supply is currently balanced to tight, pushing operating rates...

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