World polyolefins operating rates will bottom out this year despite persistence of robust capacity additions. So predicts Chem Systems Inc. (CMI), Tarrytown, N.Y. Although polyolefins industry still is mired in a global downturn, CMI said several factors indicate the worst may soon be over: More companies are considering mergers, strategic alliances, acquisitions, technology licensing, or feedstock integration in restructuring strategies aimed at cutting costs and improving performance in the 1990s. Environmentalists, legislators, and polyolefins manufacturers and consumers are working together to solve ...

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