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Renewables: Peak Investment Year

3:20 PM MST | January 9, 2012 | Rebecca Coons

Demand for renewable materials is expected to post strong gains in 2012, as large-scale projects progress, availability increases, and partnerships along the supply chain continue the healthy pace seen in 2011, market sources say. Demand for commodity bioplastics, such as linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE), high density polyethylene (HDPE), and polypropylene (PP), is expected to grow 40% annually from 2010-2015, according to IHS Chemical (Englewood, CO). However, biobased PE is the only commodity bioplastic expected to be available in 2012. Braskem, the sole...

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