Market Highlights

Caustic Soda
22 January 2019 Issue Number 461
  • Rusal sanctions close to being fully lifted by US Treasury
  • On 16 January, Pará state lifted the embargo on Alunorte’s alumina refinery
  • Georgia-Pacific announces shutdown of a paper mill in Louisiana
  • Ercros starts up its 26 ktpa chlor-alkali expansion in Vila-seca I
  • Indian BIS issue is not expected to be solved in the short term
  • Downstream China plants expected to shut down in Chinese New Year holiday

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Orthoxylene · Phthalic Anhydride
21 January 2019 Issue Number 481
  • Global mixed xylenes prices higher as crude oil prices strengthen
  • US OX contract price for January decreased by 5 c/lb to 35 c/lb
  • European OX contract price for January declines by €30/ton to €810/ton
  • Asian OX prices softer but supply still feeling snug
  • European PA market activity picking up, OBC and Lanxess back online
  • Asian PA prices down again, downstream demand remains sluggish

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Maleic Anhydride · 1,4-Butanediol
14 January 2019 Issue Number 333
  • Rhine River levels restored, allow for normal barge traffic
  • Chinese maleic export prices down $150/ton
  • European maleic market looking to see drop in price for first quarter
  • Low Asian maleic prices stimulate European buying interest
  • Cepsa’s maleic in Spain to shut down for two months in January/February
  • Butanes prices correct upward slightly after dramatic fall last few months

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Acrylic Acid & Acrylates
11 January 2019 Issue Number 333
  • US propylene contract for December settles down 8c/lb
  • European propylene contract for January down by €35/ton
  • BASF lifts Ludwigshafen 2-EHA force majeure
  • Chinese acrylic acid and acrylates markets stable to firm in January
  • Chinese MMA prices soften considerably in January on slow demand

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Acetic Acid · Vinyl Acetate
11 January 2019 2018 Issue Number 376
  • China acetic acid export prices continue downward slump in late 2018
  • Europe acetic acid, VAM prices under renewed pressure in Q1 2019
  • Celanese completes 150,000 tpa VAM expansion at Clear Lake, Texas
  • US Gulf Coast methanol contracts for January settled at 132-133 c/gal
  • Europe Q1 methanol contract prices settled at €350/ton, down €78/ton
  • Rhine River levels increase in late 2018, easing logistics constraints

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Polyurethanes & Intermediates
10 January 2019 Issue Number 278
  • MDI prices soften further at the beginning of the year
  • Rhine water levels improving
  • Mixed views on BDO quarterly price direction
  • Further price increase announced for US MPG
  • PO prices decline on lower feedstock costs
  • Further softening for worldwide TDI prices

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Bio-Materials & Intermediates
9 January 2019 Issue Number 065
  • Special Report: The renewable chemicals industry sees setback in 2018. What’s in store for 2019?
  • Glycerine price drop takes pressure off bio-ECH production
  • Shortage of European C12-15 mid-cut alcohols expected to continue
  • Futerro, Sulzer, TechnipFMC form PLAnet initiative to license integrated PLA production
  • Stora Enso joins TreeToTextile JV to commercialise cellulose bres with IKEA and H&M
  • CHEMICAL PROFILE: 11-Aminoundecanoic Acid (AA)
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Fibres & Intermediates
31 December 2018 Issue Number 412
  • Chinese acrylic fibre producers raise production despite little demand improvement
  • European fibre shipments marginally improve with better business noted in Turkey
  • Pre-buying boosts polyamide filament demand in the US
  • Demand in West Europe for polyester textile filament weakens significantly
  • Polyester staple plant utilisation in China is reported to be close to 70-75%

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Ethylene Glycols • EO & EODs
21 December 2018 Issue Number 367
  • US and European ethylene follow crude oil lower. Prices stable in China
  • Weak demand and good output in China keep MEG below $700/ton cfr
  • MEG contract down 5 c/lb in the US due to falls in Asia and ample supply
  • Initial European MEG contract set at €825/ton ddp; spot prices slide lower
  • DEG prices weaken globally. TEG prices soften in Europe and the US
  • Ethanolamine prices under pressure from long supply and soft demand

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Chlorine & Derivatives
21 December 2018 Issue Number 460
  • US producers announce chlorine price increases
  • US EDC prices steady to slightly up as tight supply continues
  • European PVC prices decline but suppliers restore margins over ethylene
  • Asian PVC prices continue their recovery in December
  • Wanhua’s new MDI plant to be built in Convent, Louisiana
  • Chinese epichlorohydrin prices collapse by more than Rmb5000-6000/ton

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Unsaturated Polyester Resins
21 December 2018 Issue Number 126
  • US UPR prices flat or down up to 2 c/lb, demand seasonally softer
  • European UPR prices flat or down up to €40/ton, margins better but demand softer
  • Phthalic anhydride prices coming off globally
  • European maleic market tight as Polynt calls force majeure on 5 December
  • US and European styrene prices starting to firm again after production issues
  • DEG prices and demand down in Europe and the US


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Polyamide & Intermediates
21 December 2018 Issue Number 464
  • Lower benzene prices in all regions impact PA 6 markets
  • Caprolactam prices decrease sharply in China, Northeast Asia
  • EU caprolactam, PA 6 polymer prices weaken in December
  • BASF lifts force majeure on PA 66 polymer, HMDA supplies
  • Higher Rhine River water levels offer relief to Europe PA markets
  • Pre-buying boosts polyamide filament demand in the US
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Epoxy Resins & Co-Reactants
20 December 2018 Issue Number 028
  • Global epoxy resins prices drop due to poor demand in China
  • Technical issue at Hexion Pernis plant sees reduced BPA production in December
  • Bisphenol A prices in US remain strong and steady but in…
  • Asia and Europe bisphenol prices are yet to find floor levels
  • Chinese epichlorohydrin prices collapse by more than Rmb5000-6000/ton
  • Falling propylene costs put downward pressure on US and European ECH prices

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Polyester & Intermediates
19 December 2018 Issue Number 464
  • Global paraxylene and PTA markets are balanced and relatively calm as year-end approaches
  • 2019 paraxylene ACP formula negotiations reported to favour sellers as ‘alpha’ is shaved
  • US MEG contract down 5c/lb due to drops in Asia and ample domestic supply
  • Demand in West Europe for polyester textile filament weakens significantly
  • Polyester staple plant utilisation in China is reported to be close to 70-75%
  • In India, the PET resin industry has been operating at 85-90% utilisation

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PET Packaging Resin
19 December 2018 Issue Number 266
  • Global paraxylene and PTA markets balanced and relatively calm as 2019 approaches
  • 2019 paraxylene ACP negotiations reported to favour sellers as ‘alpha’ is shaved
  • US MEG contract down 5c/lb due to drops in Asia and ample domestic supply
  • Demand in West Europe for polyester textile filament weakens significantly
  • Polyester staple plant utilisation in China is reported to be close to 70-75%
  • In India, the PET resin industry has been operating at 85-90% utilisation

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Phenol · Acetone & Derivatives
19 December 2018 Issue Number 288
  • AddPhenol adders increased again in the US for first quarter 2019
  • PheIn Europe, Q1 2019 phenol adders increased €150-200/ton
  • Acetone prices in Europe pick up on back of Ineos force majeure
  • In China, increased imported acetone volumes push prices down
  • Bisphenol A prices in US remain strong and steady but...
  • ...in Asia and Europe, bisphenol prices are yet to find floor levels

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Phthalates · Oxo-Alcohols
17 December 2018 Issue Number 444
  • US plasticisers prices steady to slight down in December
  • European C9/C10 plasticisers stable for the most part, supply remains tight
  • European Oxo alcohols supply tighter on production problems in the region
  • US 2-ethylhexanol prices slide lower, on falling propylene
  • Chinese plasticisers prices slip again in the second week of December
  • Oxo alcohols prices in China follow propylene down

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Engineering Thermoplastics
17 December 2018 Issue Number 125
  • Asia, China polyamide 6 prices tumble lower in November
  • Low Rhine River levels cause havoc in PA 66 value chain
  • Europe polycarbonate resin demand weakens in November
  • BASF, Kolon start-up new joint venture POM unit in South Korea
  • Celanese issues sales control for POM resin on production woes
  • Weaker feedstock prices putting pressure on global ABS values

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Acrylonitrile · Acrylic Fibre
14 December 2018 Issue Number 464
  • US and Europe acrylonitrile prices continue falling this month
  • China acrylonitrile spot prices recovered by Rmb600/ton from low point
  • Global propylene prices continue dropping
  • Asian ABS producers have long-term worries on downstream
  • Chinese acrylic fibre producers raise production despite little demand improvement
  • European fibre shipments marginally improve with better business noted in Turkey

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