In this week's issue of ICIS Chemical Business:
February 18-24, 2013

Cover story

Price and market trends: US housing recovery bodes well for PVC market

In the US over the past several years, a rebound in the home construction sector has been somewhat like the eponymous character in the Samuel Beckett play "Waiting for Godot" - much anticipated, but never quite arriving.

Since the worldwide financial crisis - in large part spurred by the US housing boom-and-bust of the mid-2000s - began in 2007, people from many perspectives have waited for homebuilding to return to its former glory after its precipitous fall.



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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: Transitory downdraft for global petrochemicals
That does not mean US producers cannot maintain fat margins – they may just be somewhat leaner." more

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

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