Market Highlights

Orthoxylene · Phthalic Anhydride
15 March 2019 Issue Number 483
  • Global mixed xylenes prices still firm, US and European supply improving
  • US OX contract price for February jumps 5 c/lb to 43 c/lb
  • European OX contract price for March yet to settle
  • Asian OX market supply feeling tighter, prices for March increase
  • European PA prices up again, orthoxylene tightness starting to cause issues
  • Asian PA prices softer and supply is long for now but could tighten in April

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Acetic Acid · Vinyl Acetate
11 March 2019 Issue Number 378
  • INEOS Oxide picks Hull, UK, as location for new VAM plant
  • China acetic acid prices firm slightly in February amid outages
  • Asia acetic acid market preparing for busy turnaround slate in Q2
  • Lotte BP adding 100 ktpa of acetic acid capacity by mid-2019
  • India’s Jubilant plans April start for 50 ktpa acetic anhydride unit
  • Europe ethyl acetate market fails to sustain price hikes in February

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Acrylic Acid & Acrylates
11 March 2019 Issue Number 335
  • Evonik sells methacrylates business to private equity firm Advent International for €3 billion
  • Fire at Unigel’s MMA plant in Brazil halts production temporarily
  • European propylene contact up by €25/ton for March
  • Dow’s Boehlen, Germany BA and GAA production affected by site outage
  • US acrylates demand remains stable; prices reflect propylene softness
  • Chinese acrylic acid and acrylates demand subdued in March

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Bio-Materials & Intermediates
8 March 2019 Issue Number 067
  • Special Report: Chemical companies step up their carbon management programs
  • Gevo develops isoprene from fusel oils produced from ethanol processing
  • Genomatica produces over 600 tons of bio-based 1,3-butylene glycol
  • Avantium has retaken full ownership of its YXY technology
  • Neste seeks technologies for converting fats and oils into chemicals
  • Nestlé partners with Danimer Scientific for PHA-based bottle development
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Polyurethanes & Intermediates
6 March 2019 Issue Number 280
  • Crude MDI prices bottom out in Europe and the US
  • Brexit major talking point for March price discussions
  • Further price cuts expected for European BDO in Q2
  • European polyols under significant downward pressure
  • MPG demand decreasing as spring approaches
  • TDI prices continue to decline in all regions

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Engineering Thermoplastics
28 February 2019 Issue Number 127
  • Chinese engineering polymers markets mixed after holiday period
  • Higher feedstock prices offer boost to China polyamide 6 market
  • Europe Q1 polyacetal resin contract prices roll over from Q2 2018
  • US PBT resin market prices increase in Q1 on firm buying interest
  • Europe sustains good polycarbonate demand so far in Q1 2019
  • ABS resin prices starting to recover on stronger styrene monomer

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Polyamide & Intermediates
27 February 2019 Issue Number 466
  • Europe caprolactam, polyamide 6 prices decrease in February
  • China polyamide market demand slow to recover after holidays
  • Higher benzene prices offer support to Asia caprolactam prices
  • US, Europe phenol market supplies tighten on plant outages, demand
  • Chinese filament demand improves on positive US-China trade reports
  • Invista signs memorandum of understanding for China ADN project
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Chlorine & Derivatives
26 February 2018 Issue Number 462
  • Olin will increase chlor-alkali capacity  in the US over the next few years
  • Chlorine prices in China slip down on weak demand during the holidays
  • US EDC prices move further up
  • European PVC prices roll over for the most part
  • Asian PVC prices steady,  Formosa Taiwan announces a roll over for March
  • TDI prices weaken further worldwide

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Polyester & Intermediates
22 February 2019 Issue Number 466
  • Paraxylene prices and margins remain good, boosted by Q2 Asian plant maintenance
  • Slower polyester demand growth threatens to undermine new Chinese PTA projects
  • MEG drops 3-5 c/lb in the US.  Lotte has started, but Sasol is delayed to Q2
  • Polyester BCF shipments in North America continue to disappoint
  • Nonwoven demand continues to underpin the European polyester staple market
  • PET demand in China is inhibited by macro economics and trading uncertainties

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Maleic Anhydride · 1,4-Butanediol
22 February 2019 Issue Number 334
  • Polynt’s Ravenna, Italy, maleic plant still running reduced rates
  • MOL in Hungary running maleic at 60% of capacity
  • Asian maleic prices rebound in February after sharp drop in January
  • European UPR prices largely flat, demand improving
  • US and European BDO Q1 prices decline
  • Asian benzene and butanes prices on firming trend

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Ethylene Glycols • EO & EODs
22 February 2019 Issue Number 369
  • Ethylene and EO values stable in the US and Europe, but moved up in Asia
  • Spring Festival and soft post-holiday demand keeps MEG at $600/ton cfr China
  • MEG drops off 3-5 c/lb in the US. Lotte starts up, but Sasol delayed to Q2
  • February ECP settled down €30/ton at €760/ton ddp, amid strong demand
  • Price stability for ethanolamines in Europe and the US. Small drops in Asia
  • DEG prices fall globally amid weak demand. TEG prices reverse and soften

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Unsaturated Polyester Resins
22 February 2019 Issue Number 128
  • US UPR prices largely stable, demand remains healthy and up on last year
  • European UPR prices mostly flat but some small decreases have been heard
  • Phthalic anhydride prices down in the US but increased in Europe
  • European maleic anhydride market tightening as production issues continue
  • Global styrene prices stronger and further increases are likely in March
  • MPG markets remain well supplied, prices down again in February


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PET Packaging Resin
21 February 2019 Issue Number 268
  • Paraxylene prices and margins remain good, boosted by Q2 Asian outages
  • Slower polyester demand growth threatens new Chinese PTA projects
  • MEG drops 3-5 c/lb in the US. Lotte has started, but Sasol is delayed to Q2
  • Spring Festival and soft post-holiday demand keeps MEG at $600/ton cfr Asia
  • February ECP settled down €30/ton at €760/ton ddp, amid strong demand
  • PET demand in China is inhibited by macro economics and trading uncertainties

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Epoxy Resins & Co-Reactants
21 February 2019 Issue Number 030
  • US LER prices reach bottom levels with a further 4 c/lb decline
  • European LER prices fall €50/ton and hit floor levels in February
  • Feedstock cost increases push up Chinese epoxy resins prices by $300/ton
  • Bisphenol A prices in China rose by more than $250/ton in February
  • Tight ECH supply drives Chinese values up by more than $300/ton
  • Asian import prices up by $100/ton for ECH and $120-130/ton for BPA

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Caustic Soda
19 February 2019 Issue Number 462
  • Inovyn begins production at Stenungsund site
  • Emirates Global Aluminium’s alumina refinery, Abu Dhabi nears completion
  • Mediterranean market long and flooded with competitive import offers
  • Indian BIS licensing likely to be issued from early March
  • Northeast Asian exporters raise prices amid optimistic outlook
  • China spot export market remains quiet

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Phenol · Acetone & Derivatives
19 February 2019 Issue Number 290
  • Shell lifts FM but operating rates remain at 50% capacity
  • Tight US phenol spot availability keeps prices 18-22 c/lb above benzene contract
  • Phenol spot prices in Europe are €650/ton above benzene contract
  • Acetone prices slide in US and Europe but increase in China
  • Bisphenol A prices in China increase by $120-130/ton in February
  • Chinese MMA prices reach 15- month low in early February

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Phthalates · Oxo-Alcohols
18 February 2019 Issue Number 446
  • US plasticisers prices stable to slightly lower in February
  • European C9/C10 plasticisers mostly stable but some decreases have been reported
  • US 2-EH supply tightens, prices remain flat
  • European 2-EH spot prices lose some ground amid longer supply
  • Chinese plasticisers prices mostly stable on the return after the holidays
  • Several turnarounds scheduled at Oxo plants in Northeast Asia

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Fibres & Intermediates
31 January 2019 Issue Number 413
  • European acrylic fibre shipments rise on restocking and export demand
  • Chinese take optimistic view on polyester filament market prospects
  • Polyester staple producers in West Europe report strong demand in 2019
  • Chinese polyamide filament demand weakens ahead of Spring Festival
  • European PA 6 filament prices decrease but fail to stimulate demand
  • Global polypropylene BCF shipments extremely weak

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