October 2000

Trends and Resources

HP Impact: U.S. polypropylene demand to expand 6%/year

Solid growth is projected through 2004 for polypropylene (PP) demand in the U.S. This 6%/yr increase will total 17 billion pounds, valued at $7.8 billion, according to market researcher..

Weirauch, Wendy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Solid growth is projected through 2004 for polypropylene (PP) demand in the U.S. This 6%/yr increase will total 17 billion pounds, valued at $7.8 billion, according to market researchers at The Freedonia Group. Factors for this growth include PP's competitive price structure versus other resins; availability of new polymeric grades; improved physical properties and processing from new catalyst systems; and improved material flexibility via compounding, blending and alloying. Markets. The largest markets will continue to be packaging, fabrics, carpets and rugs, housewares and motor vehicles. Fastest growth is expected i

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