Polypropylene has been one of the fastest growing polymers in volume during recent years. That will continue into the 1990s, says a study by DeWitt & Co. Inc., Houston. Trade patterns will change significantly as new polypropylene plants go on line in various countries around the world. Between 1989 and 1995, 6.6 million tons/year of new capacity is forecast to go on stream. This represents a 53% increase from current capacity. As a result of this new capacity, exports from North America and western Europe may decline by 57%. In the base case outlined by DeWitt, world demand for polypropylene will grow...

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