Market Highlights

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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Phthalates · Oxo-Alcohols
17 May 2018 Issue Number 437
  • US plasticisers prices steady to slightly up but further increases announced for June
  • European plasticisers prices stable in May
  • Chinese plasticisers prices firm on rising 2-EH market
  • US Oxo supply remains tight, prices increase
  • Oxo alcohol prices in Europe stable to slightly up
  • Supply constraints drive Chinese 2-EH prices higher

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Maleic Anhydride · 1,4-Butanediol
17 May 2018 Issue Number 325
  • Ardian to sell ESIM to US based Sun Capital for undisclosed amount
  • Aliancys owner, CVC,  to buy AOC
  • Asian maleic prices remain firm as supply is limited
  • North America maleic market steady for May after price increases
  • BASF lifts BDO force majeure in US
  • US polyester polyol prices continue to rise

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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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Orthoxylene · Phthalic Anhydride
16 May 2018 Issue Number 473
  • US and European MX prices higher on the back of spiking energy values
  • US OX contract price for May increased by 2 c/lb
  • European contract price settles at €800/ton, up €30/ton
  • Asian OX stable despite bullish upstream markets
  • European PA demand picking up but supply is snug
  • Asian PA firmer on higher feedstock values, new units due online in June

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Acrylic Acid & Acrylates
11 May 2018 Issue Number 325
  • Lucite declares force majeure on MMA at Cassel, UK
  • European propylene contract prices increase by €25/ton in May
  • US n-butanol and 2-EH prices face increases for May as producers announce increases of 3-5c/lb
  • European BA spot prices remain firm on tighter supply
  • US acrylic acid and acrylate prices remain stable in May on the back of minimal feedstock changes
  • The Asian acrylic acid and acrylates market remains balanced-to-tight

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Engineering Thermoplastics
11 May 2018 Issue Number 118
  • Global polyamide 66 market prices rise on tight supplies
  • Polyamide 6 resin prices in Asia decrease in early May
  • Asia polycarbonate prices firmer in May on turnarounds
  • Celanese plans POM capacity expansions in US, Germany
  • Europe PBT market supplies seen as tight during May
  • Steady demand supporting firm ABS prices in Asia, China

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Polyurethanes & Intermediates
10 May 2018 Issue Number 270
  • BASF’s force majeure on TDI Geismar, Louisiana, lifted
  • BASF’s BDO force majeure lifted
  • MDI prices in Europe decline again
  • European TDI prices move downwards
  • PO prices in Europe increase on higher propylene contract settlement
  • Maleic Anhydride prices on the rise for second quarter in Europe

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Acetic Acid · Vinyl Acetate
8 May 2018 Issue Number 368
  • BP’s US acetic acid force majeure tightens supplies during Q2
  • Acetic acid production outages in Asia add to market turmoilbelow $700/ton fob in late March
  • China’s domestic VAM prices fall in April; export offers rise
  • Europe VAM market prices show steady gains during April
  • Celanese planning incremental acetic acid, VAM capacity hikes
  • Methanex considering third methanol plant at Geismar, Louisiana

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Fibres & Intermediates
30 April 2018 Issue Number 404
  • Chinese acrylic fibre extrusion margins collapse once again
  • Caprolactam costs change direction in China causing PA 6 filament prices to decline
  • Polyamide BCF production and shipments move higher in the US
  • Polyester filament demand in China picks up with rising raw materials
  • US polyester staple producers report robust demand and depleting stocks
  • Polypropylene staple demand good in Europe and the US due to nonwoven’ markets

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Polyamide & Intermediates
30 April 2018 Issue Number 456
  • Polyamide 66 polymer supplies tight-to-short globally
  • China domestic PA 6 market prices down sharply in April
  • US, EU PA 6 markets maintain steady supply/demand balance
  • Taiwan caprolactam prices edge higher; China market declines
  • China includes PA 66 imports from US subject to new tariff
  • US polyamide BCF production, shipments improve in April
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Polyester & Intermediates
27 April 2018 Issue Number 456
  • Paraxylene and PTA prices steady as Q2 turnaround and low demand seasons loom
  • PIA producers schedule maintenance shutdowns as prices and demand ease
  • China MEG values trough at $870/ton, but later recover to above $1000/ton cfr
  • West European polyester filament producers continue to report full utilisation
  • Demand for polyester staple in North America is strong with full plant utilisation
  • Short term PET resin supply remains the principal concern in North America

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Unsaturated Polyester Resins
27 April 2018 Issue Number 118
  • US UPR prices starting to decline, April robust after a slower March
  • US feedstocks showing more stability than in Europe
  • European UPR prices also moving down, market has picked up after a softer March
  • Phthalic anhydride prices stable in US but up in Europe on the back of production issues
  • European and US maleic anhydride supply tight, further increases announced for US
  • US styrene prices lower, European market still volatile as prompt supply remains tight


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PET Packaging Resin
27 April 2018 Issue Number 258
  • Paraxylene and PTA prices steady as Q2 turnaround and low demand seasons loom
  • FurPIA producers schedule maintenance shutdowns as prices and demand ease
  • China MEG values trough at $870/ton, but later recover to above $1000/ton cfr
  • In the US, MEG and DEG collapsed in March.  Increases are expected in May
  • MEG ECP in Europe down €20/ton amid increasing feedstock and price rises in Asia
  • Short term PET resin supply remains the principal concern in North America

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Ethylene Glycols • EO & EODs
27 April 2018 Issue Number 359
  • Ethylene and EO has moved down in the US, but stable-to-firm in Europe and Asia
  • China MEG values troughed at $870/ton, but are again above $1000/ton cfr
  • In the US, MEG and DEG collapsed in April.  Increases are expected for May
  • MEG ECP in Europe down €20/ton amid increasing feedstock and prices up in Asia
  • DEG prices moved up in Asia, but down in Europe.  TEG prices firmed in April
  • Stable-to-soft prices for ethanolamine in all the regions based on improved supply

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Chlorine & Derivatives
27 April 2018 Issue Number 452
  • MorUS chlorine prices move up in April
  • US EDC supply remains tight
  • Asian EDC prices jump on limited supply
  • European PVC prices increase mainly in line with ethylene
  • Asian PVC prices slid lower, as Formosa Plastics announces price decreases for May
  • Triple-digit price increases seen for European and Middle East and Africa TDI

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Epoxy Resins & Co-Reactants
26 April 2018 Issue Number 020
  • Asian epoxy resin imports to Europe resume and prices stabilise
  • LER demand in China slowly waking up with minor price increases
  • BPA demand flat in the US as cold weather hampers demand
  • Chinese import demand for BPA strong due to domestic turnarounds
  • Epichlorohydrin prices in China plunge by Rmb3000/ton in April
  • Tight ECH availability sees further price rises in Europe

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Bio-Materials & Intermediates
10 April 2018 Issue Number 056
  • Special Report: Renewable diesel producers expand into chemicals
  • DuPont expands bio-PDO capacity • Rennovia ceases operations
  • Bio-succinic acid prices in Europe, North America rose on higher petro-SA price
  • Total Corbion PLA starts PLA pilot plant in Thailand
  • CHEMICAL PROFILE: POLYLACTIC ACID (PLA)

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