Houston, Texas--Industry analysts, Chemical Market Associates Inc (CMAI) is predicting big changes in the global butadiene market. The company has just published its 2005 world butadiene analysis, which claims that historical trade patterns and pricing relationships are shifting and geographic areas that historically, have not been significant players in the butadiene market are beginning to play key roles.
According to CMAI, "The rapid growth of tyre and rubber good production in Northeast Asia, particularly China, both for domestic consumption and export, is causing rapid growth in demand for synthetic rubber its primary feedstock butadiene." Another change, says, CMAI, is the emergence of the Middle East as a major butadiene exporting region: "CMAI forecasts that the Middle East will go from representing about 12 percent of global exports in 2004 to nearly 25 percent of global exports in 2009. As
a result, the Middle East will become the world's largest butadiene exporting region in the world, says CMAI. In addition, South America and Southeast Asia will see significant growth in butadiene consumption, and India will become a significant global player in both butadiene and synthetic rubber."
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