Dow Europe announces price hike for all grades of LDPE, LLDPE and HDPE resins by €100/tonne across European, Middle Eastern and African regions, effective Nov. 1; company also expects to scale back ethylene operating rates to match lower demand

HORGEN, Switzerland , November 1, 2011 (press release) – Effective November 1, 2011, or as contract terms allow, Dow Europe GmbH will increase prices for all grades of its low-density polyethylene (LDPE), linear low-density polyethylene (LLDPE) and high-density polyethylene (HDPE) resins by 100 Euros per metric ton.

In addition, Dow intends to idle four Low Density and Solution Polyethylene trains in Europe, and will be operating its remaining trains at reduced rates. Dow also intends to further reduce ethylene operating rates to match the lower demand.

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