Market Highlights

Phthalates · Oxo-Alcohols
18 September 2018 Issue Number 441
  • US plasticisers prices increase in September on higher feedstock costs
  • European plasticisers prices mostly steady with some increases reported
  • Oxo alcohols prices in Europe remain stable, Perstorp starts its shutdown
  • Minor to moderate increases reported for US Oxo alcohol prices
  • DOTP price in China jump on surging PTA
  • China announces antidumping duties on some NBA imports

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Acrylonitrile · Acrylic Fibre
17 September 2018 Issue Number 461
  • Tight supply keeps pushing global acrylonitrile prices upwards
  • Propylene price trends diverge: US down, Europe and Asia up
  • Asian acrylonitrile spot prices hit $2250/ton cfr in September
  • High feedstock costs reduced ABS margin in recent months
  • Chinese acrylic fibre producers reducing production in response to weak margins
  • European acrylic fibre demand starting slowly following August’s holidays

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Phenol · Acetone & Derivatives
17 September 2018 Issue Number 285
  • New CNOOC/Shell phenol/acetone plant unexpectedly shuts down
  • European phenol spot prices €380-450/ton above the benzene contract
  • Acetone offers in Europe heard at extreme lows of €550/ton
  • Chinese polycarbonate prices lose 25% of their value over four months
  • Polycarbonate Asian import prices drop by $350-450/ton in September
  • US MMA producers seek further hike in September on tight supply

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Orthoxylene · Phthalic Anhydride
14 September 2018 Issue Number 477
  • Global MX prices remain high on strong PX demand and high energy prices
  • US OX contract price for September increases by 2 c/lb to 46 c/lb
  • European OX contract price not yet fully settled
  • Asian OX prices remain high and supply tight
  • European PA supply is improving but prices remain high
  • Asian PA softer on the back of sluggish Chinese domestic prices and demand

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Caustic Soda
14 September 2018 Issue Number 457
  • US price increases for Q4 have been announced as $50/short ton
  • Alunorte expects to resume normal operation of its alumina plant by Q1 2019
  • Europe is going through a period with significant maintenance outages
  • The Rhine and Danube suffer from low water levels, hindering shipments
  • Buyers cautious after sanctions, Iranian cargoes seldom seen in Southeast Asia
  • China domestic and spot export prices have increased in the past month

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Maleic Anhydride · 1,4-Butanediol
13 September 2018 Issue Number 329
  • GIKIL’s general manager arrested in Bosnia
  • Rhine water levels increase to 79cm at Kaub
  • European maleic prices remain stable for September
  • US maleic prices are unchanged for September but may go up in October
  • China continues to be impacted by environmental regulations
  • Asian maleic prices move upward, driven by high feedstock costs

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Acetic Acid · Vinyl Acetate
12 September 2018 Issue Number 372
  • DowDuPont lifts VAM force majeure declaration to all regions
  • China’s acetic acid prices slump in August on improved supplies
  • US, Europe acetic acid consumers eyeing sharp Q4 price decreases
  • Ineos Oxide restarts Hull, UK, etac plant after capacity expansion
  • US methanol contract prices for September roll over at 144-146 c/gal
  • Europe Q3 acetic anhydride prices rise again; talks underway for Q4

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Acrylic Acid & Acrylates
7 September 2018 Issue Number 329
  • US propylene contract for August up by 2c/lb
  • US acrylic acid and acrylates producers announce September increases based on propylene
  • Acrylates supply in Europe tightens further in September, especially for 2-EHA
  • Chinese acrylic acid and acrylates demand slow to increase in run up to peak season
  • Chinese butyl acrylate margins under pressure
  • US MMA producers seek further hike in September on tight supply


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Bio-Materials & Intermediates
7 September 2018 Issue Number 061
  • Special Report: Biotech companies find a sweet spot in food ingredients market
  • Sebacic acid imports caught in the middle of US-China trade war
  • Bio-ECH operating rates in China further decline on low producer profits
  • BioAmber management resigns as PWC oversees liquidation of its assets
  • Asian lauric acid price rose on higher PKO costs
  • Refined glycerine supply improves in Europe

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Polyurethanes & Intermediates
5 September 2018 Issue Number 274
  • LyondellBasell begins construction of the world’s largest PO plant
  • European TDI prices reach €3000/ton mark
  • Borsodchem’s MDI capacity expansion ongoing
  • Price increases for MPG in the US announced by three producers
  • BDO Imports helping US markets stabilise
  • European polyol prices roll over for September

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Fibres & Intermediates
31 August 2018 Issue Number 408
  • Chinese acrylic fibre producers shut production in response to lagging profits
  • US carpet market weakens
  • European polyester filament market cools for summer holiday after a strong first half
  • US polyester polymer and staple markets over-sold
  • Chinese polyester filament demand exceeds seasonal expectations
  • Polypropylene staple demand for hygiene sector strong in US and EU

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Ethylene Glycols • EO & EODs
31 August 2018 Issue Number 363
  • Stable ethylene oxide prices in Europe, but higher in the US and Asia
  • Chinese MEG prices stable at $900/ton cfr amid year-low inventories
  • Balanced MEG market in the US, shocked by 25% tariff on Chinese imports
  • MEG ECP confirmed at €1010/ton for July, first August deal at €999/ton ddp
  • DEG demand softens globally, with price stability in the main three regions
  • Stable prices for ethanolamines, but regional differences in behaviour expected

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Unsaturated Polyester Resins
31 August 2018 Issue Number 122
  • US UPR prices up marginally, demand stable. Price increases announced for September
  • €100/ton price increases announced for UP resins in Europe for September
  • Phthalic anhydride prices increase again in Europe, stable in the US
  • Maleic prices up in the US, European market quiet but supply is limited
  • Global styrene prices spike, production issues in US and Europe during August
  • US DEG supply is improving. European demand has been weaker this month


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Polyamide & Intermediates
31 August 2018 Issue Number 460
  • Global polyamide 66 markets remain under pressure during Q3
  • Low Rhine River impacts PA 66, intermediate output in August
  • Europe polyamide 6 market prices keep to stable trend in August
  • Firm caprolactam prices in China, Asia, support PA 6 increases
  • US polyamide BCF demand muted due to carpet production weakness
  • Invista to build new 300 ktpa adiponitrile plant in China by 2023
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Chlorine & Derivatives
28 August 2018 Issue Number 456
  • US EDC imports into China hit with an additional 25% duty from 23 August
  • EDC availability in the US remains tight, prices increase further
  • European PVC prices steady to slightly down
  • US export PVC prices drop on slowing demand
  • Asian PVC prices stable in August
  • Oversupply and low demand sees ECH prices in China slide

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Epoxy Resins & Co-Reactants
24 August 2018 Issue Number 024
  • Epoxy resins prices soften by €110/ton in Europe
  • Olin announces increases of 5 c/lb in the US and €120/ton in Europe
  • Chinese bisphenol A prices lose strength due to weak polycarbonate demand
  • Tight availability of BPA in the US sees prices rise above $1/lb
  • ECECH supply snug in Asia – Japanese producers announce increases
  • Oversupply and low demand sees ECH prices in China slide

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Polyester & Intermediates
23 August 2018 Issue Number 460
  • Strong demand increases paraxylene prices despite crude oil stability
  • Chinese PTA plants running flat-out - 16 million tpa announced post 2019
  • Balanced MEG market in the US, shocked by 25% tariff on Chinese imports
  • Demand in China for polyester filament is strong, exceeding expectations
  • Supply of polyester staple is tight in West Europe during holiday period
  • PET resin production in North America is high despite weakening demand

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PET Packaging Resin
23 August 2018 Issue Number 262
  • Strong demand increases paraxylene prices despite crude oil stability
  • Chinese PTA plants running flat-out - 16 million tpa announced post 2019
  • Chinese MEG prices stable at $900/ton cfr amid year low inventories
  • Balanced MEG market in the US, shocked by 25% tariff on Chinese imports
  • PET resin production in North America is high despite weakening demand
  • July Europe ECP confirmed at €1010/ton, first August deal €999/ton ddp

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Engineering Thermoplastics
21 August 2018 Issue Number 121
  • Polyamide 66 polymer market conditions remain tight in August
  • BASF, Solvay reduce PA resin output due to low Rhine River levels
  • China’s polycarbonate resin market prices decrease again in August
  • European ABS market prices supported by higher styrene costs
  • PBT resin prices in Asia, China, maintain stable trend in August
  • China polyacetal resin prices stable amid weaker demand

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