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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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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