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Acrylonitrile · Acrylic Fibre
18 May 2018 Issue Number 457
  • US and European propylene prices move up
  • Asian acrylonitrile spot prices strengthen to over $2000/ton cfr in May
  • Chinese continuous acrylonitrile turnarounds tighten supply
  • Good global demand and margins for ABS continue
  • Chinese acrylic fibre production utilisation declines sharply
  • European domestic acrylic fibre markets steady

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Phenol · Acetone & Derivatives
17 May 2018 Issue Number 281
  • Downstream plant shutdowns in Asia hamper phenol demand
  • CNOOC/Shell start new plant - phenol/acetone supply expected in June
  • Acetone markets in Europe and US stabilise on higher propylene costs
  • New environmental inspections in China affect downstream industries
  • Lucite declares force majeure on all products from its UK site
  • Polycarbonate turnarounds shorten supply in China – prices $3800-4000/ton

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Caustic Soda
17 May 2018 Issue Number 453
  • US treasury extends deadline to comply with the Rusal sanctions to 23 October
  • Braskem’s chlor-alkali plant resumed normal operations in April
  • Inovyn ceased mercury cell production at its Stenungsund site in Sweden on 13 May
  • Domestic demand in the US remains strong and consistent, with membrane still tight
  • Northeast Asia supply expected to tighten next month
  • Prices in China continued to slip as producers cut offers to attract buyers

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