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Shale boom, new applications are creating opportunities

7:11 AM MST | February 15, 2013 | ­ —Vincent Valk

Siadat: Shale boost to lift additives. The shale gas boom in North America is set to boost plastics production in the United States and create growth opportunities for plastic additives makers, market players say. Through the last four months of 2012, growth in plastic additives volumes in the United States outpaced growth in overall specialty chemical volumes, according to ACC. In December 2012, the most-recent available month, volumes were up 5.7% year-on-year (YOY) compared with overall US specialties volume growth of 2.2%, ACC says. Plastic additives’...

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