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Phenol · Acetone & Derivatives
23 May 2019 Issue Number 293
  • Phenol supply in US returns to balance – spot prices soften
  • European phenol demand was healthy in May but June may see a slowdown
  • Chinese May phenol prices fall to lowest level in 20 months
  • US market awaits for acetone offtake volumes from MMA to resume
  • Acetone inventory levels at warehouses in China reach 70,000 tons in May
  • Asian MMA market remains depressed as demand fails to pick up

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Phthalates · Oxo-Alcohols
22 May 2019 Issue Number 449
  • US plasticisers producers announce price increases for June
  • European plasticisers prices mostly steady, with a few exceptions
  • US Oxo producers announce price increases, supply tightens
  • European oxo alcohols prices stable to down in May amid sluggish demand
  • Chinese plasticisers prices remain under pressure, demand remains soft
  • 2-EH prices in China drop on lower propylene and weak demand

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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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Caustic Soda
20 May 2019 Issue Number 465
  • US contract prices show small decreases for May despite proposed increases
  • Braskem shuts down its chlor-alkali plant due to geological issues in May
  • Brazil spot prices higher due to temporary shortage of material
  • Northwest Europe spot market remains quiet amid ongoing turnarounds
  • China’s Tianjin Dagu resumed export to India after getting BIS certificate
  • China domestic producers cut operating rates to levels below 80%

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Orthoxylene · Phthalic Anhydride
17 May 2019 Issue Number 485
  • Global mixed xylenes values down compared to April
  • US OX contract price for May rolls over at 44 c/lb
  • European OX contract price for April settled at €930/ton, May settles at €960/ton
  • Asian OX market supply remains tight but prices are down on weaker demand
  • European PA spot prices up, contracts firm again. US prices up again
  • Asian PA prices up a little, Chinese prices down again and demand remains poor

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Acrylic Acid & Acrylates
13 May 2019 Issue Number 337
  • US propylene contract rolls over for April
  • European propylene contract up by €20/ton in May
  • BASF imposes order control on oxo alcohols and some acrylates in the US
  • European acrylic acid market remains soft in May on lengthy supply
  • Lower feedstock costs and ample supply weigh on Chinese acrylic acid and acrylates market
  • Asian MMA market remains depressed, as demand fails to pick up

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Acetic Acid · Vinyl Acetate
10 May 2019 Issue Number 380
  • China acetic acid prices soften further in April amid weak demand
  • US VAM producers in midst of busy turnaround slate during Q2
  • Europe VAM contract prices reverse course with April increase
  • Ethyl acetate in China slumps on weak demand, feedstock prices
  • US Gulf Coast methanol contract, spot prices edge lower in May
  • Transport delays caused by ITC terminal fire affect markets in April

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Bio-Materials & Intermediates
9 May 2019 Issue Number 069
  • Special Report: DowDuPont plans to sell its Biomaterials business
  • Bio-based malonic acid players prepare for commercialisation phase
  • Biofine receives $750,000 award to fund ethyl levulinate production
  • Arkema picks Singapore for new PA11 plant site
  • US lauric acid demand remains soft
  • Global mid-cut alcohols price weakens on lower feedstock costs
  • CHEMICAL PROFILE: Polytrimethylene Terephthalate (PTT)

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Polyurethanes & Intermediates
9 May 2019 Issue Number 282
  • Covestro declares polyols force majeure at Dormagen
  • LyondellBasell’s Channel View reportedly starts PO/SM turnaround
  • European and US BDO Q2 prices decline
  • Planned turnaround at Shell’s Moerdijk PO/SM affected by strikes
  • US TDI changes price direction
  • MDI prices strengthening in Europe as demand improves

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Fibres & Intermediates
30 April 2019 Issue Number 416
  • 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
30 April 2019 Issue Number 129
  • Europe PA 6 prices stable in April despite increase in benzene prices
  • April China PA 66 market sees further price declines on weak demand
  • US polycarbonate market keeping close watch on Asian markets
  • Europe PBT demand weighed down by lacklustre automobile sector
  • Europe polyacetal resin market trajectory remains flat during Q2 2019
  • Surge in feedstock acrylonitrile prices keeping pressure on ABS levels

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Polyamide & Intermediates
29 April 2019 Issue Number 468
  • Asia caprolactam prices increase in April, put pressure on PA 6
  • China, Asia PA 66 prices slump further in April on weak demand
  • US caprolactam, PA 6 suppliers expected to seek price increases in May
  • China PA 6 feather yarn demand falls short of expectations in early 2019
  • US textile filament market experiencing PA 6 substitution for PA 66
  • Cyclohexanone prices rise in East Asia to around $1375-1400/ton cfr
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Ethylene Glycols • EO & EODs
29 April 2019 Issue Number 371
  • Ethylene up €30/ton in Europe, down 1.25 c/lb in US, drops of $65/ton in Asia
  • Asia MEG cfr values drop below $600/ton. Nominations for May down $20-65/ton
  • Balance-to-slightly tight MEG market in US. Limited supply and price stability
  • March and April MEG ECP set at €775/ton amid low spot and high ethylene
  • Stable prices for ethanolamine in the US and Europe. Lower values seen in China
  • Weak demand and high output soften DEG. TEG up in Europe, down in US

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Chlorine & Derivatives
26 April 2018 Issue Number 464
  • Chlorine prices in China increase on tighter supply
  • Asian EDC prices slip down, supply improves
  • US PVC export prices slid lower but availability remains restricted
  • European PVC prices increase in line with ethylene
  • Formosa Taiwan announces price decreases for May shipments
  • Crude MDI prices bottom out in Europe and the US

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Polyester & Intermediates
26 April 2019 Issue Number 468
  • Asian paraxylene spot price falls undermine contract price stability elsewhere
  • Chinese prices, margins and demand for PTA all in excellent health
  • Asia MEG cfr values drop below $600/ton.  Nominations down $20-65/ton for May
  • Polyester POY filament producers in West Europe reduce utilisation to 70-80%
  • Shipments of polyester staple in North America are strong in all markets
  • PET resin producers in China run at high utilisations with low stocks

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Epoxy Resins & Co-Reactants
26 April 2019 Issue Number 032
  • US producers announce LER price increases of 8-10 c/lb for May
  • European April epoxy resins prices roll over – rises expected for May
  • Safety inspections in China impact LER supply and demand
  • Chinese LER and ECH prices fall back after brief spike
  • Bisphenol A in US hit by phenol supply disruptions
  • Strong Korean ECH demand starts to pull at tight supply in Asia

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Unsaturated Polyester Resins
26 April 2019 Issue Number 130
  • US UP resin prices up as the increases announced last month are implemented
  • European UPR prices also up, demand remains healthy
  • US phthalic anhydride up again, European prices yet to settle
  • European maleic Q2 pricing discussions ongoing, US market is stable
  • Global styrene prices remain firm, European maintenances to start soon
  • MPG prices softer in April but increases noted for DEG


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PET Packaging Resin
26 April 2019 Issue Number 270
  • Asian paraxylene spot price falls undermine contract price stability elsewhere
  • Chinese prices, margins and demand for PTA all in excellent health
  • Asia MEG cfr values drop below $600/ton. Nominations down $20-65/ton for May
  • Balance-to-slightly tight MEG market in the US; limited supply and price stability
  • March MEG ECP fixed at €775/ton. April unsettled amid low spot and high ethylene
  • PET resin producers in China run at high utilisations with low stocks

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