Market Highlights

Caustic Soda
15 November 2018 Issue Number 459
  • The Brazilian court has upheld the 50% partial shutdown at Alunorte
  • US spot export prices fall further after a sharp price drop in October
  • US sanctions deadline for Rusal extended further to 7 January
  • Northeast Asian producers lower operating rates amid bearish market
  • Indian importers face difficulty importing due to the BIS certificate issue
  • Chinese domestic prices slipped but remained at high levels

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Orthoxylene · Phthalic Anhydride
14 November 2018 Issue Number 479
  • Global mixed xylenes prices have followed upstream energy prices down
  • US OX contract price for November decreased by 2 c/lb to 46 c/lb
  • European OX contract price for November declines by €20/ton to €870/ton
  • Asian OX supply still tight, prices are weaker due to softer upstream values
  • European PA market seasonally softer, prices are starting to decline
  • Asian PA prices edge down, downstream demand is softer

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Maleic Anhydride · 1,4-Butanediol
13 November 2018 Issue Number 331
  • Rhine water levels plunge to 37 cm at Kaub, Germany
  • BDO prices in Europe and US roll over for November
  • Bartek Ingredients sold to Canadian private equity firm, Torquest
  • US maleic prices remain stable for November after increase in October
  • North American n-butane prices soften as crude loses its upside
  • UPR prices in Europe soften, volumes in October better than September

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Acetic Acid · Vinyl Acetate
12 November 2018 Issue Number 374
  • China domestic, export acetic acid prices soften in late October
  • Q4 Europe acetic acid contract prices decrease around €70/ton
  • US VAM market mostly balanced despite scheduled outages
  • European ethyl acetate prices decreased steadily during October
  • US methanol contract prices jump to 153-156 c/gal for November
  • Accsys Technologies increases acetylated wood capacity in Belgium

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Acrylic Acid & Acrylates
9 November 2018 Issue Number 331
  • US propylene contract rolls over for October, but spot prices have since softened
  • European BA and 2-EHA markets tighter following BASF force majeure
  • US acrylic acid prices stable; demand remains steady
  • MMA prices in Europe softer on weaker demand and softer Asian market
  • Chinese acrylic acid and acrylates prices start to soften in early November on raw materials
  • Asian acrylic acid and acrylates activity slows as buyers take wait and see stance


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Bio-Materials & Intermediates
7 November 2018 Issue Number 063
  • Special Report: Use of sustainable aviation fuels on upward flight
  • US bio-MPG demand is reportedly robust
  • BASF, Avantium in Synvina FDCA project dispute
  • Novamont starts its newly expanded bio-based Origo-Bi® PBAT facility
  • BioAmber assets sale to LCY Biotechnology Inc. now completed
  • River Rhine’s low water level affecting European oleochemical industry
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Polyurethanes & Intermediates
7 November 2018 Issue Number 276
  • Covestro announces investment in PU precursor aniline plant
  • Rhine water levels low after long drought in Europe
  • China’s Wanhua new 300 ktpa TDI plant ready
  • Price increase announcements for US Polyols
  • US and European BDO quarter four prices roll over
  • China TDI prices weaken on bleak demand

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Fibres & Intermediates
31 October 2018 Issue Number 410
  • European acrylic fibre demand weakens due to softer sales to Turkey
  • North American carpet markets weaken further due to poor soft flooring demand
  • Concerns arise over demand in strong polyester staple market in West Europe
  • BASF submits amended offer to EU regarding Solvay PA deal
  • Chinese polyamide filament markets turn with pricing and volumes lower
  • US and EU polypropylene fibre markets mixed

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Ethylene Glycols • EO & EODs
31 October 2018 Issue Number 365
  • Ethylene and EO prices rise in the US, down in Asia and stable in Europe
  • Weakness of polyester and Brent led China’s MEG values to $800/ton cfr
  • MEG values soften in the US amid ample supply and low Asian values
  • MEG September ECP confirmed at €1012/ton, first October deal at €999/ton
  • TEG prices rise in US and Europe. DEG global prices down on soft demand
  • Global ethanolamine values stable. Final antidumping measures into China

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Polyamide & Intermediates
31 October 2018 Issue Number 462
  • Europe Oct PA 6 resin prices edge lower for first time in 2018
  • Asia, China caprolactam market prices weaken in late October
  • Tight cyclohexanone supplies support higher prices in Q4
  • Low water levels on Rhine River lead to more PA 66 disruptions
  • BASF submits amended offer to EU regarding Solvay PA deal
  • Chinese filament markets turn with pricing and volumes lower
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Polyester & Intermediates
30 October 2018 Issue Number 462
  • Although paraxylene prices fall, supply in China continues to be tight
  • Best month for PTA producers in South and Southeast Asia for five years
  • Weakness of polyester and Brent price drop lead China's MEG to $800/ton cfr
  • North American carpet markets weaken further due to poor soft flooring demand
  • Concerns arise over demand in strong polyester staple market in West Europe
  • PET resin polymer supply improves in the North America as fibre markets slow

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Unsaturated Polyester Resins
30 October 2018 Issue Number 124
  • US UP resin prices up again, demand remains strong
  • UPR prices in Europe soften, volumes in October better than September
  • Phthalic anhydride prices remain bullish globally
  • European maleic market pricing uncertain for fourth quarter
  • Global styrene prices continue to decline
  • DEG prices down slightly in both Europe and The US


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PET Packaging Resin
30 October 2018 Issue Number 264
  • Although paraxylene prices fall, supply in China continues to be tight
  • Northeast Asia October ACP unsettled amid volatile paraxylene and PTA prices
  • Best month for PTA producers in South and Southeast Asia for five years
  • Weakness of polyester and Brent price drop lead China’s MEG to $800/ton cfr
  • MEG ECP confirmed at €1012/ton for September, first October deal at €999/ton
  • PET resin polymer supply improves in the North America as fibre markets slow

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Chlorine & Derivatives
30 October 2018 Issue Number 458
  • Asian EDC prices stable for the most part
  • US PVC export prices remain under pressure and slip further down
  • European PVC prices mainly roll over
  • Asian PVC prices drop, after Formosa’s announcement for November
  • Covestro announces investment in world scale US MDI plant
  • Triple digit decreases for European TDI prices

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Epoxy Resins & Co-Reactants
30 October 2018 Issue Number 026
  • US LER prices steady but SER values under downward pressure from imports
  • European LER prices on downward slide due to Asian competition
  • Hexion announces 5 c/lb increase on bisphenol A for mid October
  • Poor downstream demand sees bisphenol A prices in China slip again
  • Rising feedstock chlorine values could push Chinese ECH up
  • Asian ECH market gears itself for heavy turnaround season in Q1

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Phthalates · Oxo-Alcohols
25 October 2018 Issue Number 442
  • US plasticisers prices steady in October, ExxonMobil announces increases for November
  • European plasticisers prices mainly steady with some small increases reported
  • NBA prices recover some ground in Europe on tighter supply
  • US Oxo alcohol prices remain stable , BASF starts planned shutdown at Freeport
  • Chinese plasticisers prices fall in mid October
  • 2-EH prices in China broadly stable despite propylene decreases

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Phenol · Acetone & Derivatives
24 October 2018 Issue Number 286
  • Phenol prices in the US rise despite drop in benzene values
  • European phenol adders for spot material hit €500/ton above benzene contract
  • Acetone prices in Europe increased due to another rise in propylene values
  • Chinese acetone prices fall another $50/ton to $570-590/ton cfr China
  • Hexion announced 5 c/lb increase on bisphenol A for mid October
  • Poor downstream demand sees bisphenol A prices in China slip again

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Acrylonitrile · Acrylic Fibre
24 October 2018 Issue Number 462
  • Surging Asian acrylonitrile prices start to reverse
  • China acrylonitrile spot prices soften by over Rmb1500/ton
  • Propylene spot prices in US and Europe soften slightly
  • Weak demand and high feedstock costs impact ABS producers
  • Chinese acrylic fibre producers report improving, yet unacceptable, margins
  • European acrylic fibre demand weakens due to softer sales to Turkey

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Engineering Thermoplastics
23 October 2018 Issue Number 123
  • Polyamide 6 markets showing some softer demand in October
  • Polyamide 66 intermediate supplies hit by low Rhine River levels
  • US PBT resin market demand remains strong in late Q3/early Q4
  • China polycarbonate prices weaker on supply/demand imbalance
  • Celanese to add 20 ktpa of POM capacity in Germany by late 2020
  • Weaker Asian ABS demand during Q3 putting pressure on Q4 prices

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