A formula for high prices

The US chemical industry is crying foul over spiralling natural gas prices, but there are measures they can take to protect themselves, as Kevin Foster discovers

The US chemicals sector has just experienced one of the worst quarters in the past decade, thanks to a damaging mix of high energy costs and a faltering US economy. This situation has created new challenges for price risk management.

“As an industry, we are being decimated by high natural gas prices and volatility,” says Kevin Swift, chief economist at the American Chemistry Council (ACC), a trade body for US chemical companies based in Arlington, Virginia.

The chemicals industry’s greatest

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