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Maleic Anhydride · 1,4-Butanediol
17 January 2018 Issue Number 321
  • US maleic market remains stable in early January
  • European maleic supply balanced to tight; spot prices firm
  • Chinese maleic prices fall back in January after December surge
  • European UPR producers announce €100/ton increases for quarter one
  • China UP supply will remain tight under the environmental policies
  • US BDO producers seek 5c/lb  price increases for first quarter contracts

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Acrylic Acid & Acrylates
16 January 2018 Issue Number 321
  • US propylene starts the year in bullish fashion as tightness sends spot prices upwards
  • US acrylic acid producers announce increases on the back of feedstock strength
  • European BA spot prices soften in January as suppliers compete for volume
  • Sluggish demand weighs on Chinese AA and acrylate prices
  • Asian acrylic acid and acrylates prices stable despite China weakness
  • US MMA producers announce increases of 5-6c/lb for January

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Orthoxylene · Phthalic Anhydride
16 January 2018 Issue Number 469
  • Global MX prices higher on improved energy values
  • US OX contract price for January rolls over again at 37.5 c/lb
  • European contract price settles at €745/ton, up €10/ton
  • Chinese OX supply remains tight and prices continue to improve
  • European phthalic anhydride market starting to pick up
  • Chinese phthalic anhydride market rebounding after a slow start

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