Asian Chemical Connections
The Solvay/INEOS vinyls deal should be looked at from a European PVC and a US shale perspective.
The European PVC business is tough. Costs - ethylene and electricity - are high. Demand is 30% lower than at the peak of the last cycle in 2007 due to the collapse in construction and weak economic activity in much of Europe. Prices are weak. And, as Solvay puts it, scenarios for the European and the US energy petrochemical businesses today are so different.
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"The main reason behind increasing trade flows has been the overcapacity in Asia, while the biggest effect it has on the European market is putting pr
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