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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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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 ยท 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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