TECNON ORBICHEM

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Tecnon OrbiChem has been a leader in providing data and analysis to the petrochemical industry since 1976. We are now one of the world's foremost marketing consultancies to the bulk chemicals, petrochemicals and plastics industries. We specialise in Chemical Intermediates, Synthetic Fibres and Resins.

Tecnon OrbiChem provides independent, expert assistance on projects and strategic issues. We offer a unique combination of up-to-date market information and in-depth analysis through monthly business reports and proprietary databases.

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Phthalates · Oxo-Alcohols
22 November 2017 Issue Number 431
  • US plasticisers prices mainly stable in November
  • European plasticisers prices steady although some decreases are also reported
  • Grupa Azoty will expand DOTP capacity next year
  • Plasticiser prices in China recovered a bit in mid-November
  • Oxo alcohol prices in Europe soften amid weakening demand
  • 2-EH prices in China steady on stable propylene

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Orthoxylene · Phthalic Anhydride
17 November 2017 Issue Number 467
  • US MX prices remain firm on stronger energy values
  • US OX contract for November rolls over at 37.5 c/lb
  • European OX price also settles at a rollover at €720/ton
  • Chinese OX prices have remained firm since October
  • European phthalic anhydride prices have firmed in November
  • Chinese phthalic anhydride supply is tight and prices are moving higher

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Acrylonitrile · Acrylic Fibre
17 November 2017 Issue Number 451
  • Propylene prices still high in North America but lower elsewhere
  • Acrylonitrile price peak passes with improved supply and an end to seasonal demand
  • Asian acrylonitrile spot prices hit $2050/ton, but then soften to $1950-1970/ton cfr
  • Shandong Haili commissions 130 ktpa acrylonitrile facility but product availability unclear
  • Global acrylic fibre plants continue to cut utilisation rates as demand and margins wane
  • Chinese ABS demand remains strong – stable-to-weaker in North America and Europe

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