March 2005

Trends and Resources

HP Impact: HPImpact: Most petrochemicals experiencing full up-swing in demand

A fundamental and lasting recovery in the chemicals, plastics and fibers markets is "fully underway," according to a new analysis from CMAI (www.cmaiglobal.com). The strength and duration of this up-c..

Weirauch, Wendy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

A fundamental and lasting recovery in the chemicals, plastics and fibers markets is "fully underway," according to a new analysis from CMAI (www.cmaiglobal.com). The strength and duration of this up-cycle period and the reaction of participants along related value chains to resulting economics will be important considerations regarding the industry's investment decisions. Challenges abound that could derail recent earnings gains, ranging from hyper-energy markets to competitive pressures from imported finished goods. Globally, first-quarter 2005 has been characterized by a relatively strong economy and volatile energy markets fueled by ongoing geopolitical concerns. "Despite s

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