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European ethylene: supply or demand driven profitability?

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11 April 2016

European ethylene: supply or demand driven profitability?

Report summary

In 2015, despite above average plant outages, European ethylene production pushed to higher levels of almost 20 million tons. This represents a strong increase from both 2014 and the highest fourth quarter production number since 2007. Here we take a closer look at just how hard the industry ran and some of the contributing factors such as lower crude oil pricing, lower feedstock costs, reduced ethylene derivative net imports and strong supporting demand from the polyethylene chain.

Table of contents

    • Quarterly EU15 + Norway ethylene production (2012 - 2015 period)
  • Pushing the limits: how the industry arrived at this point
  • Production is up, despite ethylene plant outages
  • Key things to watch in 2016 and beyond

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  • European ethylene: supply or demand driven profitability?: Image 2
  • European ethylene outages by month and % lost capacity
  • European ethylene outages by month and attainable operating rate
  • European ethylene: supply or demand driven profitability?: Image 1

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