June 2007

Trends and Resources

HP Impact: Global PE: extended upturn advancing to its summit

Polyethylene (PE) represents the largest segment of the commodity plastics business worldwide. In 2006, of the 173 million tons of commodity plastics consumption, PE represented almost 40% of the mark..

Weirauch, Wendy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Polyethylene (PE) represents the largest segment of the commodity plastics business worldwide. In 2006, of the 173 million tons of commodity plastics consumption, PE represented almost 40% of the market. Global demand for PE is forecast to grow about 5% over the next five years. Over the past several years, the industry has cycled from a period of low operating rates and poor margins to an extended period of higher margins and elevated operating rates. CMAI analyst Howard Rappaport, global practice leader-plastics, recently examined the state of this important product's market position. Production. The landscape is changing in terms of PE production around the world. Capacity additions i

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