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Specialties: Limited Growth Ahead

2:00 PM MST | January 7, 2011

Specialty chemical producers expect the sector to continue to grow in 2011, but at a modest pace compared to last year. Emerging markets will drive demand, while growth in developed regions will mostly remain soft, especially in the paints and coatings and adhesives and sealants markets, two of the largest specialty chemical sectors. Specialty chemical producers say they will continue to be strapped by rising raw material costs this year as long as demand for those products remains strong. Specialties makers say, however, the rate at which those costs increase...

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