Global butadiene demand expected to slow through 2003

World Butadiene Demand [151,812 bytes] The growth in worldwide demand for butadiene is expected to slow through 2003. Demand for butadiene will increase at an average rate of 3.4%/year during 1997-2003, according to the latest study by Chemical Market Associates Inc. (CMAI), Houston. This rate is 36% lower than the average rate of 5.5%/year in 1993-97 (OGJ, Feb. 2, 1998, p. 32). Breakout by region Regions of the world with the fastest growing demand for butadiene are Southeast Asia, Indian subcontinent, the Middle East, and the former Soviet Union (FSU). FSU demand is expected to rebound from the dips seen in the early 1990s. North and South A...

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