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Caustic Soda
19 July 2017 Issue Number 443
  • US market supply remains tight and some pricing has moved up in July
  • European Q3 contract settlements see prices rise by around €30-40/ton
  • Supply in the Middle East remains tight and pricing levels have risen
  • Some pricing in South East Asia eases slightly but outlook is still firm
  • Supply is limited in Northeast Asia despite plant outages being over
  • Chinese domestic & export pricing both softened slightly this month

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Phthalates · Oxo-Alcohols
19 July 2017 Issue Number 427
  • BASF starts production of DOTP and 2-EH in Pasadena, Texas
  • European C9-C10 plasticisers supply remains tight, DOTP prices slide lower
  • Chinese DOP prices rebound amid tighter supply and rising 2-EH prices
  • US Oxo alcohols prices stable in July
  • Oxo alcohol prices in Europe in Europe fall on lower propylene and improved availability
  • Oxo alcohols prices in China surge on tightening supply

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Orthoxylene · Phthalic Anhydride
18 July 2017 Issue Number 463
  • US MX prices have improved a little but the market remains quiet
  • US OX contract price for July settled lower by 2 c/lb at 37 c/lb
  • European OX contract agreed down by €25/ton at €780/ton
  • OX prices in China have improved this month but overall fundamentals remain weak
  • PA supply in Europe is back to normal and prices have continued to soften
  • Chinese phthalic anhydride supply is tight and this is supporting prices

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