PODCAST: Strong olefins, polyolefins demand in run-up to scheduled refinery, cracker turnarounds

Author: ICIS Editorial

2021/02/15

LONDON (ICIS)--Senior editors Nel Weddle and Linda Naylor exchange views on the current state of the ethylene, propylene, polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) markets in Europe.

Monomer tightness has eased to a certain extent, but demand is strong in the run-up to planned turnarounds.

Ethylene is a key petrochemical feedstock, used to make PE, ethylene glycol (EG) and polyvinyl chloride (PVC) among other products.

The main outlet for propylene is as a feedstock for PP. Propylene is also used to produce acrylonitrile (ACN), propylene oxide (PO), a number of alcohols, cumene and acrylic acid.

PE is the most widely-used plastic in the world, primarily found in packaging including plastic bags, plastic films and geomembranes.

PP is used for packaging, ropes, carpets, plastic parts, loudspeakers and automotive parts.