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.