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Big changes are coming.
The polyolefins competitive landscape is evolving as new polyethylene (PE) capacity in North America pushes the region into a global player on the export markets while a surge in polypropylene (PP) production capacity in China moves it towards self-sufficiency. The coming years will see intense competition among resin producers that will have significant impact on PE/PP pricing and margins. PE prices, in particular, will become attractive for processors in North America to compete internationally.
The European market will be of particular interest to the producers of more than 5 million metric tons of export-destined PE capacity starting up in North America in 2016 and 2017. A significant portion of the increased U.S. production will make its way to Europe, heralding opportunities for additional sources of supply and more competitive pricing for resin users and converters.
These changes in the global competitive dynamics in the PE and PP markets, as well as continued low energy and feedstock prices, are expected to fuel increased polyolefin demand and promote further advances in polymer technology and processing innovation. Exciting new applications and end-use products will be the result.
Is your business prepared?
The 2017 PEPP will explore key trends and issues in the industry and offer insight and analysis into the implications of these shifts. Join IHS Markit and other industry experts at the 2017 PEPP in Düsseldorf for insight and analysis, as well as a time of networking with PE/PP colleagues from around the globe.
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