April 1998

Trends and Resources

HP Impact: HPImpact: Western Europe's product capacities, global competitiveness under review

In the latest "Activity Review 1996 – 1997," the Association of Petrochemicals Producers in Europe (APPE) stresses the need to continuously raise the competitiveness of the Western European petro..

Weirauch, Wendy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

In the latest "Activity Review 1996 – 1997," the Association of Petrochemicals Producers in Europe (APPE) stresses the need to continuously raise the competitiveness of the Western European petrochemicals industry in global markets. In order to remain competitive, a sound business environment must be supported by a suitable political framework. Highlights from the report's analysis of the industry's recent and future prospects follow: European industry structure. At year-end 1996, 56 olefin crackers were operating in Europe, with an annual capacity of 20.93 million tons (MMton) of ethylene. Raw materials. Western Europe is largely dependent on naphtha, which a

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