Volatility to rule olefins, styrene markets to 2001

World Ethylene Outlook [72133 bytes] World Butadiene Outlook [103294 bytes] Markets for light olefins and styrene will remain very unstable to 2001, continuing the cyclical patterns of the past. However, the currently strong world market for butadiene will continue to improve by 2001. Of the three petrochemical subsectors, only butadiene should enjoy rapid and steadily rising demand, which will push plants to run close to full capacity and keep prices high, according to recent studies by Chemical Market Associates Inc. (CMAI), Tarrytown, N.Y. But, manufacturers of light olefins, notably ethylene and propylene, will see continued rapid cyc...

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