Market Highlights

Phenol · Acetone & Derivatives
20 April 2017 Issue Number 268
  • Benzene fell 7.6-8.0 c/gal in US, €192/ton in Europe, but rose $100/ton in Asia
  • Phenol was tight in the US with Olin and Altivia on turnarounds
  • Phenol contribution margins on sales to China were still low at -$152/ton
  • Acetone in US was even tighter on lower supply and good demand
  • European acetone prices rise to over €1400/ton ddp on tighter supply
  • US and European BPA producers still enjoy good demand on tight supply

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Polyurethanes & Intermediates
20 April 2017 Issue Number 257
  • European MDI market extremely tight; prices rise again in April
  • US MDI prices rise despite the reduction in April’s benzene contract price
  • Global BDO and derivative market supply tightens
  • Chinese TDI prices soften in April, but still remain at a high level
  • Chinese adipic acid prices down as demand into PU sector softens
  • US propylene oxide formula based contracts set to dip next month as propylene prices fall


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Orthoxylene · Phthalic Anhydride
13 April 2017 Issue Number 460
  • US MX prices firmer on the back of stronger octane and crude oil prices
  • Split settlement expected for the US OX contract price for April
  • European OX contract agreed at €815/ton for April, supply remains tight
  • Orthoxylene prices in China continue to weaken on long supply and sluggish demand
  • Phthalic anhydride flake supply in Europe looks likely to remain tight for some time
  • Chinese phthalic prices tumble amid weak downstream demand and feedstock prices

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Synthetic Fibres
12 April 2017 Issue Number 392
  • Sales of acrylic staple in China fall with some producers intending to close
  • The polyamide market in Taiwan continues to weaken
  • In China and Taiwan demand for polyester filament and staple is sluggish
  • Polyester POY producers in India reduce production due to labour shortages
  • Shipments of polyester to West Europe nonwoven markets are strong
  • Demand in the US for polypropylene in nonwoven products has increased

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Acrylic Acid & Acrylates
10 April 2017 Issue Number 312
  • US propylene contract up 4c/lb for March; Europe up €15/ton for April
  • US propylene remains around $150/ton higher than other major regions
  • Acrylic monomer markets begin to level out in Europe and Asia
  • European n-butanols market still extremely tight
  • The US MMA market remains very tight as consumers scramble for product
  • Asian MMA prices remain firm in face of global tightness

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Acetic Acid · Vinyl Acetate
10 April 2017 Issue Number 355
  • US, Europe VAM prices increase as turnarounds gather pace
  • Celanese begins month-long outage at Clear Lake, Texas site
  • Methanol spot prices plunge on weaker China MTO demand
  • Europe Q2 methanol contracts settle up despite spot decline
  • Europe ethyl acetate market price volatility returns in March
  • Accsys, BP increasing investment in wood acetylation sector

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Bio-Materials & Intermediates
31 March 2017 Issue Number 042
  • Special Report: Industrial Biotech financing off to a good start in 2017
  • Nestle, Danone collaborate with Origin Materials on biomass-based PX
  • Sicomin partners with Cobra International on bio-based epoxy resins supply
  • 2016 was a challenging year for bio-based succinic acid sales
  • Global fatty alcohols market activities muted amid PKO price volatility
  • CHEMICAL PROFILE: Lactic Acid

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Polyamide & Intermediates
24 March 2017 Issue Number 443
  • Chinese polyamide bubble bursts after steep benzene price decreases
  • Domestic prices for caprolactam and polyamide 6 plummet in China
  • Outside China, polyamide chain prices look weak despite tight supply
  • European caprolactam prices rise in March; polymer prices rise further
  • Polyamide 6 polymerisation rates operating rates collapse in China
  • Tight adipic acid availability allows European margin improvements

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Chlor-Alkali & Vinyls
23 March 2017 Issue Number 439
  • Chemtrade Logistics has confirmed the acquisition of the Canexus chlor-alkali assets
  • New OxyChem & Mexichem JV ethylene cracker has commenced initial operations
  • Covestro announces that it will continue to run TDI plant in Spain that was due to close
  • Hanwha has resumed operations after expanding its caustic soda plant by 130,000 tpa
  • Most PVC markets have remained in tight supply & this has supported price increases
  • Caustic soda markets remain tight allowing sellers to continue to push for higher prices

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Unsaturated Polyester Resins
23 March 2017 Issue Number 105
  • Ashland and Aliancys announce €100/ton increase for March
  • US MEG prices rose by 2-3 c/lb in March with another 4-5 c/lb for April
  • Better demand and lower supply tightens DEG in US and Europe
  • Phthalic anhydride flake supply in Europe remains very tight
  • Isophthalic acid prices up by €100/ton in Europe and 7 c/lb in the US
  • US styrene spot prices retreat to 62 c/lb in March


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Phthalates · Oxo-Alcohols
23 March 2017 Issue Number 423
  • US suppliers announce plasticisers prices increases for April
  • European DOTP supply tightens, prices surge
  • Chinese plasticisers lose some ground on falling feedstocks and soft demand
  • Ineos Oxide completes adquision of Arkemas’s oxo alcohol business
  • Grupa Azoty Zak lifts force majeure at its oxo alcohols unit
  • N-butanol prices in West Europe soar amid tight supply

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Acrylonitrile · Acrylic Fibre
22 March 2017 Issue Number 403
  • Tight supply keeps pushing global acrylonitrile prices upwards
  • Second-quarter maintenance shutdowns to keep US market tight
  • European acrylonitrile availability strained after UK force majeure
  • Propylene price trends diverge: US and Europe up, Asia down
  • Asian acrylic fibre producers maintain high operating rates
  • ABS prices begin slipping in Asia, in line with monomer prices

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PET Packaging Resin
21 March 2017 Issue Number 245
  • Paraxylene price slide makes contract roll-over in Europe look premature
  • Chinese PTA producers slip back into losses as idled capacity restarts
  • Chinese MEG demand improves, but spot prices fall $200/ton on speculation
  • Turnarounds in US, Europe and Asia should tighten MEG supplies in Q2
  • US and European PET resin volumes above expectations
  • Lower PET resin prices in China delay the start of seasonal restocking

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Ethylene Glycols • EO & EODs
21 March 2017 Issue Number 346
  • US MEG tightened on higher demand and lower imports
  • China MEG demand improved, but speculation saw spot fall $200/ton
  • US benchmark prices rose by 2-3 c/lb with another 4-5 c/lb for April
  • Turnarounds in US, Europe and Asia should tighten MEG supply in Q2
  • Better demand and lower supply tightened DEG in USA and Europe
  • EOAs are short in the US, balanced in Europe, but long in China

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Polyester & Intermediates
21 March 2017 Issue Number 443
  • Paraxylene price slide makes contract roll-over in Europe look premature
  • Chinese PTA producers slip back into losses as idled capacity restarts
  • Chinese MEG demand improves, but spot prices fall $200/ton on speculation
  • Shipments of both polyester filament and staple are strong in West Europe
  • US and European PET resin volumes above expectations
  • Lower PET resin prices in China delay the start of seasonal restocking

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Maleic Anhydride · 1,4-Butanediol
17 March 2017 Issue Number 311
  • Falling n-butane prices stymie March maleic anhydride increases in the US market
  • Maleic supply in Europe tighter on production issues and limited imports
  • BDO producers seek substantial hikes for the second quarter in the US and Europe
  • Chinese PTMEG prices continue to firm this month; downstream demand mixed
  • Chinese PBT producers seek hikes based on higher BDO prices
  • UPR markets reeling from styrene shortages and rocketing prices

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Engineering Thermoplastics
17 March 2017 Issue Number 104
  • China polyamide 6 prices turn down as feedstock surge peters out
  • China polycarbonate slips on higher operating rates and pause in demand
  • Firmer methanol to put upward pressure on US and European polyacetal…
  • … China polyacetal prices climb on tight supply
  • Asian ABS prices ease back from peak as feedstocks turn down

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Epoxy Resins & Co-Reactants
17 February 2017 Issue Number 006
  • US epoxy resin producers announce 5 c/lb increases for February
  • European epoxy resin producers announce €100-150/ton increases for February
  • LER prices in Asia continue to rise despite slow uptake following the Chinese holiday
  • Lower BPA imports enabled US and European suppliers to raise prices
  • ECH prices in US and Europe are climbing on the back of rising propylene values
  • Rising ECH inventories in China put downward pressure on prices

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