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.
INSIGHT: Europe in dire need of a lower cost energy policy
“If the playing field is not levelled, chemicals production will move outside Europe.”
VIDEO – ICIS Americas Lunchtime Bulletin 17 May 2013