In this week's issue of ICIS Chemical Business:
May 13-19, 2013

Cover story

News Focus: Solvay/INEOS vinyls merger underscores Europe weakness

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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Paul Hodges - Chemicals & the Economy Blog
Paul Hodges looks behind today's headlines and studies key influencers shaping the chemical industry over the next 12-18 months. He takes a closer look at oil prices, economic growth and the environment among other things, along with some light-hearted banter along the way.

Insight

INSIGHT: Crude price falls push petchems lower, raise price volatility
“Everyone is on the sidelines because they don’t know where the bottom is and don’t know what to do.” more

VIDEO: ICIS special report - impact of lower crude oil prices

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