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The aromatics group, together with the lower olefins such as ethylene and propylene, provide the basic building blocks of the modern petrochemical industry. Clothing, packaging, paints, adhesives, computers, compact discs, snow boards and tennis racquets are among the many products that rely on the aromatics.
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Shell chemicals companies are global manufacturers and suppliers of toluene.
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