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HP Boxscore Construction Analysis: Ethylene in evolution: 50 years of changing markets and economics

Ethylene is the key building block for the petrochemical industry. This olefin supports 70% of petrochemical industry production and is used to manufacture a wide variety of products for industrial an..

Nichols, L., Hydrocarbon Processing

Ethylene is the key building block for the petrochemical industry. This olefin supports 70% of petrochemical industry production and is used to manufacture a wide variety of products for industrial and consumer markets. Ethylene is the main feedstock for downstream petrochemicals, including polyethylene, ethylene oxide, ethylene dichloride, ethylbenzene, linear alcohols and vinyl acetate, to name a few. Adhesives, chemicals, coatings, packaging, construction materials, textiles, rubber and plastics are based on this organic olefin. The strength of the petrochemical market is directly related to the supply and demand for ethylene. Ethylene consumption is consumer product-driven. This funda

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