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Acrylic Acid & Acrylates
12 July 2019 Issue Number 339
  • European propylene contract for July settles down €80/ton
  • US propylene contract down 3.5c/lb in June
  • US acrylic acid and acrylates market supply and demand stable in July
  • European acrylic acid market remains competitive in July
  • Chinese acrylic acid and acrylate prices softer on sluggish demand
  • Chinese MMA prices plummet by Rmb 2000/ton from June to July

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Polyurethanes & Intermediates
12 July 2019 Issue Number 284
  • European TDI prices up for the first time in over a year
  • Huntsman US polyester polyols plant closes after traffic accident
  • European and US BDO Q3 talks ongoing, declines likely
  • Borsodchem has annual MDI and TDI turnarounds in July
  • Chinese BDO sees some gains, overall market struggles
  • Crude MDI prices stabilising in Europe and the US

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Acetic Acid · Vinyl Acetate
12 July 2019 Issue Number 382
  • China acetic acid prices fail to maintain rally in late June
  • US VAM plants ramping up after busy turnaround slate
  • Methanol contract, spot price slump continues in all regions
  • Prairie Catalytic starts US ethyl acetate plant after long delay
  • Celanese to shut Mexico acetate flake plant by end October
  • PVOH market demand in China seen as bright spot during Q2

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Bio-Materials & Intermediates
11 July 2019 Issue Number 071
  • Special Report: Global single-use plastic bans gain momentum
  • LyondellBasell, Neste produce commercial-scale bio-PP/bio-PE in Germany
  • Malaysian Bio-XCell’s Iskandar site in receivership
  • Green Biologics shuts down its bio-based n-butanol facility in Little Falls, Minnesota
  • Petro-based PBS badly affected by the US-China trade war
  • Viscose staple fibre continues to suffer from the effects of weak demand
  • CHEMICAL PROFILE: ETHANOL
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Fibres & Intermediates
28 June 2019 Issue Number 418
  • Global acrylic fibre margins suffer with rising acrylonitrile costs
  • Polyester POY filament producers in West Europe reduce utilisation to 70-80%
  • Shipments of polyester staple in North America are strong in all markets
  • China PA 6 feather yarn demand falls short of expectations in early 2019
  • US textile filament market experiencing PA 6 substitution for PA 66
  • Polypropylene staple demand from nonwoven markets strengthens

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Engineering Thermoplastics
28 June 2019 Issue Number 131
  • US polyamide 6 prices steady in June on mixed demand outlook
  • Polyamide 66 resin demand, prices continue downward slide
  • China polycarbonate market prices slump lower during June
  • US polyacetal resin market steady in June despite auto concerns
  • European PBT supply remains ample; demand still seen as weak
  • ABS demand in Asia remained soft in June amid seasonal lull

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Polyamide & Intermediates
27 June 2019 Issue Number 470
  • Soft demand in global polyamide markets continues through Q2
  • Asia polyamide market prices retreat as economic pressure rises
  • China adipic acid export prices slump to three-year lows in June
  • Europe caprolactam, PA 6 markets follow feedstock benzene lower
  • Tyrecord producers cut operating rates to combat growing inventories
  • Phenol consumers face further price increases during July
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Ethylene Glycols • EO & EODs
27 June 2019 Issue Number 373
  • Ethylene stable in Europe, down 0.75 c/lb in US, falls of $100-150/ton in Asia
  • Asian MEG cfr values stable at $530/ton amid high inventory and stable demand
  • US MEG market balanced with limited supply and prices down 3-4 c/lb in May-June
  • First June deal in Europe at €695/ton ddp - low demand and ample availability
  • Stable-to-soft prices for ethanolamines in the USA, Europe and China
  • DEG global values stable at low levels. TEG stable in Europe but soft in the US

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Chlorine & Derivatives
27 June 2018 Issue Number 466
  • Formosa announce PVC prices increases for July shipments
  • Asian EDC prices move up on reduced supply
  • Braskem shutdown at Alagoas drives up EDC and PVC demand
  • US PVC export prices move up further
  • European PVC prices roll over in line with ethylene
  • ECH prices in Asia climb in June as supply in the region tightens

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Unsaturated Polyester Resins
26 June 2019 Issue Number 132
  • US UPR prices stable but downwards pressure expected next month
  • European UPR prices starting to soften, demand is below expected levels for most
  • European and US phthalic anhydride largely stable for June
  • US maleic prices soften 2 c/lb in weak feedstock market
  • Global styrene spot prices largely stable compared to last month
  • US MPG increased, European prices stable. DEG prices stable to softer

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Phenol · Acetone & Derivatives
21 June 2019 Issue Number 294
  • US phenol producers are pushing for Q3 adder increases
  • Phenol suppliers in Europe looking for contract adders increases for Q3
  • Delta between US acetone contract and spot prices widens in June
  • European June acetone prices see small short-term increase
  • Bisphenol A values in China hit 21-month lows in June
  • Asia MMA demand remains subdued and prices have softened again

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PET Packaging Resin
20 June 2019 Issue Number 272
  • Paraxylene prices continue their downwards trajectory in all regions
  • PTA demand hit by weak Western PET resin markets and slowing fibre growth in Asia
  • Ethylene stable in Europe, down 0.75 c/lb in US. Drops of $100-150/ton in Asia
  • Asia MEG cfr values stable at $530/ton amid high inventory and stable demand
  • In the US, limited supply balance MEG market with 3-4 c/lb drops in May-June
  • Demand for PET resin in South America and Europe is expected to remain weak

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Phthalates · Oxo-Alcohols
20 June 2019 Issue Number 450
  • US plasticisers prices move up in June
  • DOTP supply in Europe increases as Sibur starts up new plant
  • US Oxo prices jump on higher propylene and tight supply
  • European Oxo alcohols prices stable to soft, demand remains weak
  • Chinese plasticisers prices remain on a downtrend, on soft demand and lower feedstocks
  • 22-EH prices in China follow propylene and slip further down

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Polyester & Intermediates
20 June 2019 Issue Number 470
  • Paraxylene prices continue their downwards trajectory in all regions
  • PTA demand hit by weak Western PET resin markets and slowing fibre growth in Asia
  • Asia MEG cfr values stable at $530/ton amid high inventory and stable demand
  • In Taiwan, demand for polyester filament is soft in domestic and export markets
  • The US polyester staple fibre business remains strong with rates at 90%
  • Demand for PET resin in South America and Europe is expected to remain weak

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Caustic Soda
19 June 2019 Issue Number 466
  • US spot export prices increase as demand from Brazil improves
  • Braskem shutdown remains ongoing since early May
  • Alunorte ramps up production, increasing operating rates from 50% to 85%
  • Nouryon’s restart at Rotterdam delayed by a week
  • Indian market remains soft, more BIS certificates are issued and imports increased
  • China liquid and solid caustic soda prices falls due to weak demand

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Orthoxylene · Phthalic Anhydride
19 June 2019 Issue Number 486
  • Global mixed xylenes values continue to decline
  • One settlement confirmed for US OX at 40.5 c/lb, other discussions ongoing
  • European OX contract price for June down €25/ton, after split settlement
  • Asian OX prices softer again, downstream demand remains weak
  • European PA spot prices stable. US contract prices rollover
  • Asian PA supply is better but prices are softer as demand remains sluggish

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Epoxy Resins & Co-Reactants
29 May 2019 Issue Number 033
  • Kumho in South Korea starts new 45 ktpa LER line in May
  • LER prices in Asia slip by $200/ton to $2400-2500/ton
  • US and European producers increase LER prices to offset higher feedstock costs
  • ECH prices in China rising due to short supply…
  • …but new ECH capacities in China will soon relieve current tightness
  • BPA flat in all regions due to faltering polycarbonate industry

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Maleic Anhydride · 1,4-Butanediol
22 May 2019 Issue Number 337
  • European maleic Q2 contracts settle at €30-50/ton increase
  • China’s domestic maleic market not showing signs of recovery
  • European and US PBT affected by weak automotive market
  • PBT prices in Europe roll over in Q2
  • Soft demand continues to dampen Chinese PBT prices
  • US and European BDO Q2 prices decline

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