Market Highlights

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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Phenol · Acetone & Derivatives
14 July 2017 Issue Number 271
  • Domo Caproleuna lifts force majeure on cumene/phenol
  • China’s year-on-year phenol import volumes surge by 177%
  • European acetone market to remain well supplied during summer
  • Asian acetone import volumes increasing in the US but at stable prices
  • BPA producers in the US resisting calls for price decreases
  • Tight supply of polycarbonate sees 12-14 weeks lead times for some grades

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Acrylic Acid & Acrylates
14 July 2017 Issue Number 315
  • July propylene contract for Europe down €50/ton; US prices stable to slightly firm
  • European acrylic acid and acrylates pricing softer in July on lower feedstocks
  • Dow announces 5c/lb increase on US acrylic acid and acrylates for July
  • European buyers face a significant increase in MMA third quarter contracts
  • Chinese MMA prices strengthen to Rmb 20500-21000/ton, a historic high
  • Chinese acrylates prices move down in June and July

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Synthetic Fibres
14 July 2017 Issue Number 395
  • Shipments of acrylic spun yarn continue to weaken in the North American market
  • Higher raw material prices drive up the polyamide filament market in China
  • Production and shipments of polyester BCF hit record levels in North America
  • Demand for polyester filament and staple in China strengthens unseasonably
  • In India, the average operating rate of the polyester industry is 75% in June
  • The European nonwoven market remains strong for polypropylene staple

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Polyurethanes & Intermediates
12 July 2017 Issue Number 260
  • MDI prices continue to rise in both Europe and the US, but were flat-to-down in Asia
  • Borsodchem begins one-month maintenance at its MDI and TDI units in Europe
  • TDI supply in the US and Europe has tightened further
  • PO prices in China continue to fluctuate on supply shortness
  • Quarterly BDO price have been negotiated at an increase
  • Adipic acid prices are largely stable in the US and Europe, but supply remains tight


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Bio-Materials & Intermediates
11 July 2017 Issue Number 046
  • Special Report: Thailand strengthens push towards bioeconomy
  • Total Cray Valley launches polyfarnesene diol
  • METEX collaborates with Total on bio-PDO plant construction in France
  • ECH prices continue its downward trend
  • REG starts development for PA12 based on fermentation-derived fatty acid
  • Stena Line to replace plastic bags in its ferry services with biodegradable/compostable alternatives
  • CHEMICAL PROFILE: SORBITOL/ISOSORBIDE

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Acetic Acid · Vinyl Acetate
6 July 2017 Issue Number 358
  • US acetic acid market returning to normal activity in June/July
  • Europe VAM monthly prices steady in June after Q1/Q2 increases
  • Sipchem acetic acid, VAM units restart in early July after turnaround
  • Blackstone closes purchase of Rhodia Acetow business from Solvay…
  • …Teams up with Celanese to form world’s largest acetate tow JV
  • Europe Q3 methanol contract price decreases €90/ton to €315/ton

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Chlorine & Derivatives
30 June 2017 Issue Number 442
  • More US chlorine producers announce price increases
  • European PVC prices steady to lower, supply remains tight
  • Asian EDC and VCM prices decrease in June
  • MDI supply improves in the US but continues to be tight in Europe
  • Chinese TDI prices fall again on weak demand
  • Propylene oxide formula contract prices in Europe fall; US remains flat

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Polyamide & Intermediates
29 June 2017 Issue Number 446
  • US caprolactam, polyamide 6 polymer prices increase in June
  • Caprolactam, PA 6 prices in Europe see first decreases of 2017
  • China’s capro, PA 6 markets show tentative stability in June
  • Polyamide 66 demand in US, Europe remains strong in June
  • Asian adipic acid markets maintain weak performance in late Q2
  • Cyclohexane supplies tighten in Q2 on various production woes

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Ethylene Glycols • EO & EODs
28 June Issue Number 349
  • Lower crude oil and the end of turnaround season lower feedstock cost levels
  • High production of polyester fibre and PET globally keep MEG demand strong
  • Chinese MEG spot values move up to around the $770/ton level in June
  • MEG contract references stable as European and US markets stay balanced
  • Specific regional market circumstances justify different DEG and TEG price situations
  • Ethanolamines markets remain healthy in US, stable in Europe, but sluggish in Asia

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Unsaturated Polyester Resins
28 June 2017 Issue Number 108
  • UP resin prices in the US decline slightly in June
  • Ashland complete acquisition of Reichhold’s UPR plant in Etain, France
  • European UP resin prices also decline marginally in June
  • US phthalic anhydride prices generally increase 1 c/lb
  • Maleic prices in the US and Europe have started to stabilize
  • Styrene prices in the US are firmer but Europe has seen some softening recently


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PET Packaging Resin
27 June 2017 Issue Number 248
  • Oil prices stay low but paraxylene price consensus remains elusive
  • Inventories fall as Chinese PTA producers continue to idle capacity
  • Chinese MEG spot values move up to around the $770/ton level in June
  • MEG contract references stable as European and US markets stay balanced
  • Chinese beverage production exceeds expectations in first five months of 2017
  • EU PET resin demand healthy and imports muted in a balanced market

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Polyester & Intermediates
27 June 2017 Issue Number 446
  • Oil prices stay low but paraxylene price consensus remains elusive
  • Inventories fall as Chinese PTA producers continue to idle capacity
  • MEG contract references stable as European and US markets stay balanced
  • Indian government applies taxes of 18% and 5% on polyester yarns and fibre
  • Polyester staple producers in West Europe continue to run at capacity
  • Chinese beverage production exceeds expectations in first five months of 2017

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Maleic Anhydride · 1,4-Butanediol
23 June 2017 Issue Number 314
  • BDO prices in US still firm with further increases announced
  • Quarterly BDO price negotiations ongoing in Europe; increases expected
  • BASF PTMEG force majeure lifted in North America; market still buoyant
  • Maleic prices in Europe starting to soften as supply relaxes
  • Lanxess declares force majeure on maleic anhydride
  • PO formula contract prices in Europe have fallen; US remains flat

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Acrylonitrile · Acrylic Fibre
23 June 2017 Issue Number 446
  • European propylene contract prices for June settled down €40/ton
  • Lower feedstock costs pull acrylonitrile prices down, despite global tightness
  • Weaker downstream demand and lower operating rates shift acrylonitrile balances
  • Environmental protection issues cause unplanned acrylonitrile shutdowns in China
  • Acrylic fibre producers in China continue to operate at 70-80%
  • ABS prices drop in US and Europe but rebound in Asia unexpectedly

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Epoxy Resins & Co-Reactants
23 June 2017 Issue Number 010
  • Epoxy resin price ideas a contentious issue in Europe
  • Asian imports return European epoxy resins market back into good-but-snug balance
  • US BPA market disrupted by SABIC’s force majeure on polycarbonate
  • European BPA producers resisting pressure by buyers to reduce prices
  • BPA prices in China rise with rising feedstocks and planned turnarounds
  • Epichlorohydrin demand in June driven by strong European epoxy resins

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Engineering Thermoplastics
20 June 2017 Issue Number 107
  • SABIC declares FM on polycarbonate from US plant in mid-June
  • Polyamide resin markets remain firm in US, EU during June
  • Asia polyamide demand recovering slowly, prices mixed in June
  • European PBT market supplies tight in June amid long lead times
  • Asian ABS prices increase $100-150/ton in June on higher styrene
  • Ibn Sina joint venture polyacetal unit ramping up for Q3 production

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