Market Highlights

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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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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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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Caustic Soda
18 January 2018 Issue Number 449
  • All the remaining mercury-based capacity in West Europe closed in December
  • Covestro to build #chlorine plant in Spain but this may not produce caustic soda
  • US sellers have achieved some contract price increases in the domestic market
  • Q1 2018 contract prices have risen in Northwest Europe by at least €100/ton
  • Prices in Asia came down this month due to weak demand and ample supply
  • Chinese demand will now remain slow until after the Lunar New Year holiday

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Phthalates · Oxo-Alcohols
18 January 2018 Issue Number 433
  • US plasticisers producers announce price increases for February
  • C9-C10 plasticisers prices in West Europe stable with small decreases also reported
  • Plasticisers prices in China steady-to-firm amid tighter supply
  • US Oxo-alcohol producers announce price increases effective 15 January
  • 2EH prices in Europe move up supported by higher propylene
  • 2EH prices supply in China tightens amid stricter environmental controls

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Maleic Anhydride · 1,4-Butanediol
17 January 2018 Issue Number 321
  • US maleic market remains stable in early January
  • European maleic supply balanced to tight; spot prices firm
  • Chinese maleic prices fall back in January after December surge
  • European UPR producers announce €100/ton increases for quarter one
  • China UP supply will remain tight under the environmental policies
  • US BDO producers seek 5c/lb  price increases for first quarter contracts

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Orthoxylene · Phthalic Anhydride
16 January 2018 Issue Number 469
  • Global MX prices higher on improved energy values
  • US OX contract price for January rolls over again at 37.5 c/lb
  • European contract price settles at €745/ton, up €10/ton
  • Chinese OX supply remains tight and prices continue to improve
  • European phthalic anhydride market starting to pick up
  • Chinese phthalic anhydride market rebounding after a slow start

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Polyurethanes & Intermediates
16 January 2018 Issue Number 266
  • Wanhua continues its turnaround at two MDI units in Ningbo, China
  • BASF declares force majeure on MDI from Chongqing, China
  • TDI prices in China continue on an uptrend, following a softer 1H December
  • Triple-digit price increase in January for European TDI
  • PO prices in China spike on producer outage
  • MPG prices rise on good demand as cold weather hits the US and Europe
  • Adipic acid increases put upward pressure on US and European polyester polyols


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Acrylic Acid & Acrylates
16 January 2018 Issue Number 321
  • US propylene starts the year in bullish fashion as tightness sends spot prices upwards
  • US acrylic acid producers announce increases on the back of feedstock strength
  • European BA spot prices soften in January as suppliers compete for volume
  • Sluggish demand weighs on Chinese AA and acrylate prices
  • Asian acrylic acid and acrylates prices stable despite China weakness
  • US MMA producers announce increases of 5-6c/lb for January

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Bio-Materials & Intermediates
12 January 2018 Issue Number 053
  • Special Report: Renewable chemicals commercialisation to step up in 2018
  • NREL develops bio-acrylonitrile via chemocatalytic process
  • Toyobo to manufacture DuPont’s APEXA® biodegradable polymer
  • Chinese petro-based succinic acid in short supply
  • Crude glycerine supply tightens worldwide
  • CHEMICAL PROFILE: MONOETHYLENE GLYCOL (MEG)

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Acetic Acid · Vinyl Acetate
12 January 2018 Issue Number 364
  • Eastman completes repairs on coal gasification unit in December
  • Eastman hoping to resume normal acetyls output in early 2018
  • Global acetic acid markets maintained firm conditions in late 2017
  • Acetic anhydride supplies seen as ‘extremely tight’ in US, Europe
  • Methanol spot, contract prices increase steadily during December
  • VAM prices flat-to-soft in late 2017 on balanced supply/demand

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Fibres & Intermediates
22 December 2017 Issue Number 400
  • Chinese acrylic fibre producers’ attempts to prompt buying by lower pricing ineffective
  • Indian acrylic fibre pricing volatile - responding to acrylonitrile costs in past two months
  • Polyamide polymer prices see late-year increases in US, Europe
  • European polyamide textile filament market strong from the time of year
  • Despite increasing PTA costs, the price of polyester staple fibre in China falls
  • European polyester filament demand above expectations for December

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Ethylene Glycols • EO & EODs
22 December Issue Number 355
  • Ethylene and EO values move down in US, but increase in Europe and Asia
  • MEG market in China remains balanced with firm prices above $900/ton cfr
  • Europe ECP remains unsettled with first deal at €950/ton and spot up to €850/ton fca
  • Stable MEG prices in US, with announcement of increases by 1-2 c/lb for January
  • After reaching the bottom in Europe, global DEG prices are expected to remain stable
  • The end of the year sees regional balanced markets and price stability for EOAs

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Chlorine & Derivatives
22 December 2017 Issue Number 448
  • Several European chlorine mercury plants close down in December
  • Asian EDC prices slipped further down but start showing some signs of stability
  • Formosa Plastics will expand PVC capacity in Louisiana
  • PVC prices in Asia improve amid firm ethylene and good demand
  • TDI prices in China have stabilised after November’s decrease
  • Propylene increases in Europe push formula PO prices higher

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Unsaturated Polyester Resins
21 December 2017 Issue Number 114
  • US UPR prices stable in December, increases announced for January
  • Raw material costs expected to continue upwards trend during Q1 next year
  • European UP resin prices flat but significant increases have been announced for January
  • US phthalic anhydride prices rollover, European contract prices up but spot stable
  • Maleic prices flat in the US, European spot prices increasing as market is tight
  • Global styrene prices stronger in December, Q1 supply concerns linger


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PET Packaging Resin
21 December 2017 Issue Number 254
  • Crude oil values underpin higher paraxylene prices, despite demand disruptions
  • Production issues at Chinese PTA plants restrict available capacity and lower stocks
  • Global PIA prices ease, reflecting weaker demand and good availability
  • MEG market in China remains balanced with prices above $900/ton cfr
  • PET resin shortages brought on by the closure of M&G’s facilities ease slightly
  • Some polyester fibre chip producers in China are considering cutting operating rates

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Polyester & Intermediates
21 December 2017 Issue Number 452
  • Crude oil values underpin higher paraxylene prices, despite demand disruptions
  • Production issues at Chinese PTA plants restrict available capacity and lower stocks
  • MEG market in China remains balanced with stable-to-firm prices above $900/ton cfr
  • Demand for filament in West Europe remains strong with backlogs possible
  • Despite increasing PTA costs, the price of polyester staple fibre in China falls
  • PET resin shortages brought on by the closure of M&G’s facilities ease slightly

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Polyamide & Intermediates
19 December 2017 Issue Number 452
  • Polyamide polymer prices see late-year increases in US, Europe
  • Strong benzene prices support higher caprolactam, PA 6 prices
  • China, Asia caprolactam market prices stable in early December
  • China cyclohexanone market seen as extremely tight in late 2017
  • Cyclohexane supplies improve as production normalises in Q4
  • Polyamide 66 prices continue rising in all regions during December

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Epoxy Resins & Co-Reactants
19 December 2017 Issue Number 016
  • Strong Chinese demand pushes epoxy resin prices up $3500+/ton
  • Arbitrage window to China sees epoxy resin exports to Europe and US drop
  • Reduction of imported epoxy resins pushes prices up by 3 c/lb in US
  • In Europe, epoxy resin prices climb by at least €100/ton
  • Bisphenol A prices in China shoot up to Rmb13450-13600/ton
  • Epichlorohydrin import prices in China touching $2150/ton in December

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