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Caustic Soda
18 October 2017 Issue Number 446
  • US operating rates were down by 5.0% in September due to hurricane impact
  • Pricing levels in the US market have continued to rise as supply remains tight
  • European sellers announced and achieved price increases of €100/ton for Q4
  • Prices in Southeast Asia have risen as supply was limited and demand good
  • Some plants in Northeast Asia have completed outages but prices remain firm
  • Chinese prices have continued to rise due to the very tight market conditions

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Synthetic Fibres
16 October 2017 Issue Number 398
  • ThGlobal demand for acrylic staple fibre weakens and plants run at low utilisation
  • The Chinese polyamide 6 filament market turns in the second half of the month
  • Demand for polyester filament yarn and staple fibre in China continues to be strong
  • Demand in India for polyester filament yarn is also improving and prices rising
  • Shipments of polyester BCF in the North American market continue to be good
  • Sales of polypropylene staple to the West European nonwoven market do not recover

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Maleic Anhydride ยท 1,4-Butanediol
16 October 2017 Issue Number 318
  • Huntsman, FHR and Ashland announce price increase of 2c/lb on maleic for October
  • November maleic increases at 2c/lb and 4c/lb as n-butane prices continue to firm
  • US UPR prices increase as feedstocks rise.  Price increases announced by producers
  • Hurricane Harvey and Irma cause major disruption in the US
  • European UP resin prices increase; producers announce increases of €100-130/ton
  • Butanes prices rise again to $580/ton fob Ras Tanura; up $80/ton from September

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