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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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