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EU chemicals output up 3.7%

Brussels – Chemicals output within the EU increased 3.7% during the first eight months of 2017, compared to the same period in 2016, according to the latest figures from the European Chemical Industry Council (Cefic).

Production, said Cefic 15 Nov, rose in most chemicals sub-sectors, with ‘significant’ increases in crop protection, basic inorganics, dyes and pigments, polymers, and consumer chemicals.

This is while specialities segment saw smaller growth.

For the eight months to end of August, chemicals prices rose 5.3%, above the previous year’s level, Cefic said.

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