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Acrylonitrile · Acrylic Fibre
23 April 2018 Issue Number 456
  • US and European propylene prices steady
  • US and China bilateral trade dispute pushes up China acrylonitrile prices
  • China acrylonitrile spot prices spiked, rising nearly Rmb2000/ton
  • Good demand and margins for ABS encourage new projects
  • Chinese acrylic fibre margins drop sharply
  • US acrylic spun yarn replaced by other products; production declines

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Phthalates · Oxo-Alcohols
20 April 2018 Issue Number 436
  • US plasticisers prices lost some ground on lower propylene
  • European C9-C10 plasticisers prices remain stable again in April
  • Plasticisers prices in China decrease on weak demand
  • US Oxo producers announce price increases for May
  • INEOS restarts its Oxo plant at Lavera
  • Oxo alcohols supply in China tightens on scheduled and unscheduled shutdowns

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Phenol · Acetone & Derivatives
19 April 2018 Issue Number 280
  • Export phenol prices in the US rise 13-16 c/lb above benzene values
  • Chinese market sentiment buoyed by phenol anti-dumping investigation
  • Glut of acetone imports in the US keep prices depressed in April
  • Acetone spot prices in Europe drop to €550/ton due to oversupply
  • BPA demand flat in the US as cold weather hampers demand
  • Chinese import demand for BPA strong due to domestic turnarounds

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