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The Mideast Matures

11:43 AM MST | December 18, 2007 | Robert Westervelt Robw@Chemweek.Com

Discussions at the Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association (GPCA; Dubai) second annual forum, held December 11-13 in Dubai, illustrate that it is no longer accurate to tag the Mideast as an emerging or developing region, at least when it comes to petrochemicals. Mideast operations now define the world-scale standard in ethylene and derivatives, and the region is set to dominate petchem world trade. Mideast polyethylene (PE) exports will more than triple between 2006 and 2012, to 8.8 million m.t./year, says Volker Trautz, chairman and CEO of Basell. In...

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