May 2003

Special Report: ACHEMA 2003

Polyethylene 2003: Petrochemicals, pellets and packaging – one universal market

Shifts in ethylene derivative production and fabrication are rearranging the global exporter and importer positions

Have you ever wondered about the origins of those plastic bag that we commonly use? Those directly involved in the resin industry may know. Yet, the truth is that much can be learned about the workings of the polyethylene (PE) business if you look closer at the packaging used daily. Advantaged Middle East feedstocks lead you to make the inevitable connection between low-cost petrochemicals and the global derivatives trade. A few key questions arise, which have a profound impact on the nature of this market and its future: Where does the packaging come from? How far is the actual journey to its intended end use? What kind of changes does this generate?

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