June 2001

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Outlook for global polyethylene (PE) consumption calls for a growth rate averaging 5.7% over the next five years. Year 2000 use increased 4% or 1.9 million tons (MMton), according to a new report from..

Weirauch, Wendy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Outlook for global polyethylene (PE) consumption calls for a growth rate averaging 5.7% over the next five years. Year 2000 use increased 4% or 1.9 million tons (MMton), according to a new report from Phillip Townsend Associates. Total PE consumption in 2005 will increase over 16 MMton, reaching 67 MMton. Consumption of LLDPE and HDPE will exceed overall PE growth, while LDPE use is expected to grow only 2.7%/yr. In spite of a decrease in LDPE demand in developed regions, worldwide consumption is increasing. "Substitution by LLDPE continues to be the primary reason for sluggish LDPE growth," says the analysis. Sustained growth of HDPE is partially due to the increased use of the material in

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