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Maleic Anhydride · 1,4-Butanediol
22 May 2017 Issue Number 313
  • BDO supply remains short in the European market
  • Chinese BDO demand has slipped slightly
  • PTMEG tight in North America; BASF’s force majeure remains in place
  • Polynt/Reichhold deal sealed at last
  • Maleic prices in Asia slip about $100/ton
  • UP resin prices in the US and Europe stable, despite lower styrene values

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Engineering Thermoplastics
19 May 2017 Issue Number 106
  • Tight resin supplies supporting firmer pricing for some ETP markets
  • Falling feedstock costs pulling resin prices down in Asia, China
  • Polyamide resin prices steady in North America, Europe during May
  • Covestro adding another 200,000 tpa of polycarbonate capacity in China
  • INEOS Styrolution increasing ABS, ASA capacity in North America

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Phenol · Acetone & Derivatives
18 May 2017 Issue Number 269
  • Benzene stable in the US, up by €9/ton in Europe but down by $30-40/ton in Asia
  • Phenol sees marginal increase in the US but supply is seen as long
  • Chinese phenol prices fall by $70-100/ton in May
  • US acetone prices expected to drop despite tight supply environment
  • BPA prices remain fairly steady while demand remains strong
  • BPA supplies in Europe very tight - spot prices continue to climb

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