Market Highlights

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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Caustic Soda
18 May 2017 Issue Number 441
  • US producers report improved Q1 results due to higher caustic soda pricing
  • Planned production outages in the US keeps supply snug to balanced overall
  • Akzo Nobel declines a third, unsolicited, takeover bid from PPG Industries
  • Another force majeure is declared in Europe but others are now back on line
  • Pricing in Asia has moved up again slightly this month due to tight balances
  • Producers in Beijing reduce rates to improve air quality due to a local event

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Polyurethanes & Intermediates
17 May 2017 Issue Number 258
  • European MDI tighter on further supply issues; prices rise again in May
  • US MDI prices continue to rise; benzene contract flat for May
  • BDO availability remains tight globally
  • Chinese TDI prices have been falling on weak demand
  • Chinese adipic acid prices fell in May on weak demand and lower benzene
  • US PO formula-based contracts to fall with weaker propylene


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Orthoxylene · Phthalic Anhydride
12 May 2017 Issue Number 461
  • US MX prices have softened into May on the back of weaker energy values
  • US OX contract price for May settled at 39 c/lb after the split settlement in April
  • European OX contract agreed a rollover of €815/ton for May
  • OX market sentiment in China remains weak and prices have remained largely stable
  • Phthalic anhydride supply in Europe is increasingly tight, especially for flake
  • Chinese phthalic anhydride prices have rallied since Mid-April as supply has tightened

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Acrylic Acid & Acrylates
11 May 2017 Issue Number 313
  • US propylene contract falls by 6c/lb in April; European contract rolls over
  • N-butanol spot market in Europe remains very short
  • BA prices in South America soften on lower priced offers from China
  • European acrylic acid prices rollover in May
  • Lucite International declares force majeure due to a problem at its UK MMA plant
  • Asian MMA prices soften slightly on weaker demand; supply remains tight

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Acetic Acid · Vinyl Acetate
10 May 2017 Issue Number 356
  • Celanese’s Clear Lake, Texas facility remains shut in early May
  • Vinyl acetate monomer supplies tighten globally on turnarounds
  • Europe acetic acid, VAM monthly contract prices increase in April
  • US ethyl acetate suppliers planning 8 c/lb price increase for May
  • China’s acetyls markets still searching for momentum in Q2
  • Methanex mulling potential restart of Chile IV methanol plant

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Synthetic Fibres
9 May 2017 Issue Number 393
  • Shipments of spun acrylic yarn to the North American market continue to disappoint
  • Falling raw material costs result in a weakening of the polyamide 6 market in China
  • Demand for polyester filament in China is sluggish as raw material prices soften
  • The average operating rate of the polyester industry in India is around 80%
  • Demand for polyester BCF in the US market improves with good prospects
  • Demand for polypropylene staple in Western European nonwoven markets softens

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Bio-Materials & Intermediates
28 April 2017 Issue Number 043
  • Special Report: Biotechnology Finds its way in the fashion industry
  • GFBiochemicals, API plan to build a biorefinery in the USA
  • Biokim to build EO/MEG/PPL biorefinery in Turkey
  • Chinese sebacic acid price at record high
  • AkzoNobel, ABT and Ernst & Young launch biomaterials tracking tool
  • CHEMICAL PROFILE: ISOBUTANOL

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Polyamide & Intermediates
28 April 2017 Issue Number 444
  • Polyamide polymer prices make further gains in Europe on tight supplies
  • Europe caprolactam producers see margin improvement during April
  • US polyamide polymer markets see firm price levels hold in April
  • China polyamide polymer demand softens amid feedstock concerns
  • China caprolactam producers lower output in April on weak demand
  • Adipic acid demand remains strong in North America, Europe in Q2

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Chlorine & Derivatives
28 April 2017 Issue Number 440
  • An unplanned outage at Formosa in US tightens caustic soda balances even further
  • Caustic soda remains tight in Europe and sellers achieved increases on Q2 contracts
  • Asian caustic soda prices have risen again as outages have kept the market tighter
  • US domestic PVC prices have remained firm but export prices are now coming down
  • European PVC sellers have achieved price increases in April due to supply tightness
  • Asian PVC prices are trending downwards – buyers are expecting prices to fall again

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Phthalates · Oxo-Alcohols
27 April 2017 Issue Number 424
  • US plasticiser prices climb in April
  • European DOTP supply remains tight, prices surge
  • Chinese plasticisers prices decrease on falling feedstocks and soft demand
  • US oxo alcohols prices move up but propylene settles down in April
  • N-butanol supply in West Europe remains very tight with no improvement in sight
  • Oxo alcohols prices in China slide lower amid falling propylene

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Polyester & Intermediates
26 April 2017 Issue Number 444
  • Crude oil price volatility plagues US and European paraxylene contracts
  • Chinese PTA producers’ losses deepen as buyers hold off and prices fall
  • MEG spot prices continue to fall in April - now down $250/ton from mid-February
  • In both China and Taiwan demand for polyester filament and staple fibre is sluggish
  • Shipments of polyester filament and staple to West Europe nonwoven markets are strong
  • US PET resin demand remains good and is getting stronger with the season

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Ethylene Glycols • EO & EODs
26 April 2017 Issue Number 347
  • Polyester fibre operation rates still high in Asia and PET resin demand increasing
  • Ethylene and EO might not have major fluctuation in US, Europe and Asia
  • MEG spot prices continue down in April, totalling $250/ton from mid February
  • MEG contract prices down in Europe and USA, but healthy demand
  • DEG market strong and prices up in USA, correcting in Europe and down in China
  • EOA’s tight market in USA and Europe allows prices and margin gains

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Acrylonitrile · Acrylic Fibre
26 April 2017 Issue Number 404
  • Asian propylene spot prices fall sharply as balance returns to the market
  • Tight supply sustains global acrylonitrile prices at the current high level
  • Second-quarter maintenance shutdowns to keep US and Asian markets tight
  • European acrylonitrile prices move up due to ongoing tightness in the market
  • Asian acrylic fibre producers start to slow down at the end of high season
  • ABS demand recovers in Asia with seasonal demand boost and lower prices

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Unsaturated Polyester Resins
27 April 2017 Issue Number 106
  • Ashland makes binding offer to buy Reichhold UP resin plant in Etain, France
  • UP resin prices in the US rolled over despite declining styrene prices
  • European UP resin prices stable with some small increases
  • Phthalic anhydride prices in the US fall by 2.5 c/lb
  • European maleic anhydride availability remains tight in April
  • Styrene prices continue to soften in all three regions


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PET Packaging Resin
26 April 2017 Issue Number 246
  • Crude oil price volatility plagues US and European paraxylene contracts
  • Chinese PTA producers’ losses deepen as buyers hold off and prices fall
  • MEG spot prices continue to fall in April - now down $250/ton from mid-February
  • MEG contract prices down in Europe and USA, but healthy demand
  • Lower Asian PET packaging resin prices have negatively impacted April demand
  • US PET resin demand remains good and is getting stronger with the season

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Epoxy Resins & Co-Reactants
25 April 2017 Issue Number 008
  • European epoxy resin producers announce further price increases for April
  • A further May increase on epoxy resins has been posted by one European producer
  • LER prices in the US roll over –  demand remains flat
  • US and European BPA producers still enjoy good demand on tight supply
  • BPA prices in China soften but climb back up in line with benzene
  • Epichlorohydrin prices in the US and Europe rise but drop in Asia

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