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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Phenol · Acetone & Derivatives
13 December 2017 Issue Number 276
  • Phenol/acetone prices strengthen in the US due to market uncertainty
  • US domestic acetone supply to tighten significantly
  • All markets expected to suffer turbulence in January, maybe through Q1
  • Acetone balanced to long in Europe – prices softening
  • BPA prices yet to find a ceiling in China – arbitrage window opens
  • Chinese BPA rises by Rmb2450-2500/ton in December

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Orthoxylene · Phthalic Anhydride
13 December 2017 Issue Number 468
  • US MX prices softer on improved supply and slower demand
  • US OX contract price for December rolls over again at 37.5 c/lb
  • Two initial European settlements heard, +€15/ton and +€20/ton
  • Chinese OX prices have extended gains, as supply remains tight
  • European phthalic anhydride market stable in December
  • Chinese phthalic anhydride supply remains tight and prices high

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Acrylic Acid & Acrylates
8 December 2017 Issue Number 320
  • Evonik and Dow to terminate StoHaas acrylic acid joint venture
  • European propylene contract for December increases by €32/ton
  • N-butanol prices have become more stable globally
  • European 2-EHA market tight; prices firm
  • US acrylates demand still running well in early December
  • Chinese AA, BA and 2-EHA prices firm; other acrylates stable

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