HOUSTON (Oct. 3, 3:05 p.m. ET) — Westlake Chemical Corp. is increasing its investment in Calvert City, Ky., with plans to increase annual production capacities for PVC resin and ethylene feedstock. The projects are part of a switch from propane to ethane feedstock, taking advantage of newfound supplies of North American natural gas.
Plastic pipe will post the strongest gains through 2018, continuing to take market share from competing materials in a range of markets.
Our latest market report provides in-depth analysis of current trends and their financial impact on the pipe, profile and tubing extrusion industry in North America.
In the wake of the economic turbulence earlier in this decade, molders today find themselves in much better shape. Molders are gaining a competitive advantage by investing in people, equipment and seeking inroads into new markets on a global scale.
Growth in the injection molding industry is going to be driven by low financing costs and a continued move to reshore some business.