BUDAPEST (ICIS)--There will be increased demand for European olefins next year and crackers will be running at full capacity, market sources said on Monday. Speaking on the sidelines of the 44th annual European Petrochemical Association (EPCA) meeting, ethylene (C2) and propylene (C3) producers and consumers remarked that the mood was upbeat and that the expectation was for increased demand through 2011. ⌠We have had first [demand] nominations for 2011 and they are looking good, a major producer said. He added that compared with 2010, next year's nominations were showing a marked increase.
This year so far has been widely described as better than expected, with European ethylene and propylene derivative markets supported by robust exports and the failure of new Middle East capacity to make as much of an impact as had been feared.