Americas top stories - weekly summary

02 January 2012 15:00  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Here are some of the top stories from ICIS Americas for the week ended 30 December 2011.

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OUTLOOK '12: Regional economies to impact Latin America PE demand
The status of local economies in Latin America is expected to be the largest factor in polyethylene (PE) demand in the region in 2012.

OUTLOOK '12: End of tax credit, tariff, to challenge US ethanol
The expiration of a key tax credit and tariff will challenge the US ethanol industry in 2012.

OUTLOOK ’12: US phenol-acetone market focusing on Sunoco cumene
The biggest concern for the US phenol-acetone market in 2012 is the possible shutdown of Sunoco’s cumene unit in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

OUTLOOK '12: N American PE and PP suppliers expect margin bump
Tighter supply and improving global demand are expected to help boost profit margins in the polyolefins sector in the coming year, sources said.

OUTLOOK ’12: Turnarounds, crude oil may fuel US olefins prices
A series of planned cracker shutdowns in the first half of 2012, combined with potentially higher energy prices, are likely to lend support to US olefins prices, even though the monomer was trending down at the end of the year.

By: Staff Reporter
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