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Orthoxylene · Phthalic Anhydride
15 February 2018 Issue Number 470
  • US MX values firmer on production issues, European values softer
  • US OX contract price for February increases by 3.5 c/lb to 41 c/lb
  • European contract price settles at €750/ton, up €5/ton
  • Chinese OX market quieter as New Year approaches
  • European phthalic anhydride market views varied for February
  • A number of Chinese PA plants are already down or planning for maintenance

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Caustic Soda
15 February 2018 Issue Number 450
  • US market remains tight and a major producer is now on order control
  • An unplanned outage in Brazil has led to increased imports from the US
  • European markets have remained quiet but demand should pick up soon
  • Traders report that demand in many Middle Eastern markets remains slow
  • Asian pricing is expected to firm as supply tightens as demand improves
  • Demand will weaken further in China but will rebound after the holiday

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Phenol · Acetone & Derivatives
14 February 2018 Issue Number 278
  • Freezing weather in Houston temporarily disrupts phenol/acetone markets
  • Phenol demand in the US strong from both BPA and polycarbonate industries
  • Shell may delay idling its No 3 phenol/acetone plant to end February
  • Spot BPA prices in Europe climb by €100/ton to €1600/ton on tight supply
  • US MMA producers announce further increases for February on feedstock pressure
  • Production problems at Lucite’s Cassel, UK MMA plant ahead of turnaround

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