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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Engineering Thermoplastics
22 January 2018 Issue Number 114
  • Solvay PA 66 force majeure further tightens Europe market
  • Production problems impact US PA intermediates in January
  • China PC resin market mixed on slower domestic demand
  • PBT resin prices increase on steady demand, higher BDO
  • Ibn Sina Polyacetal begins commercial operations in January
  • ABS resin prices maintain firming trends outside of China

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Phenol · Acetone & Derivatives
19 January 2018 Issue Number 277
  • Shell delays idling of No 3 plant in Deer Park, Texas until mid February
  • US acetone availability is expected to swing from short to long in H1 2018
  • Supply/demand in US phenol market remains balanced
  • Phenol demand in Europe very strong – production running at high rates
  • BPA prices in US and Europe increase substantially on tight import supply
  • Phenol, acetone and BPA prices in China drop from mid December peaks

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Acrylonitrile · Acrylic Fibre
19 January 2018 Issue Number 453
  • US acrylonitrile prices continue firm, reflecting propylene price increases
  • Asian acrylonitrile spot prices remain around $1750-1850/ton cfr, in January
  • Chinese acrylic fibre producers suffer while ABS producers making good profits
  • Shandong Haili’s new acrylonitrile and ABS plant start-ups delayed – no dates given
  • Lower acrylonitrile costs in China have not eased acrylic fibre margins
  • Acrylic fibre demand in Europe has picked-up in January

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