Market Highlights

Orthoxylene · Phthalic Anhydride
15 February 2018 Issue Number 470
  • US MX values firmer on production issues, European values softer
  • US OX contract price for February increases by 3.5 c/lb to 41 c/lb
  • European contract price settles at €750/ton, up €5/ton
  • Chinese OX market quieter as New Year approaches
  • European phthalic anhydride market views varied for February
  • A number of Chinese PA plants are already down or planning for maintenance

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Caustic Soda
15 February 2018 Issue Number 450
  • US market remains tight and a major producer is now on order control
  • An unplanned outage in Brazil has led to increased imports from the US
  • European markets have remained quiet but demand should pick up soon
  • Traders report that demand in many Middle Eastern markets remains slow
  • Asian pricing is expected to firm as supply tightens as demand improves
  • Demand will weaken further in China but will rebound after the holiday

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Phenol · Acetone & Derivatives
14 February 2018 Issue Number 278
  • Freezing weather in Houston temporarily disrupts phenol/acetone markets
  • Phenol demand in the US strong from both BPA and polycarbonate industries
  • Shell may delay idling its No 3 phenol/acetone plant to end February
  • Spot BPA prices in Europe climb by €100/ton to €1600/ton on tight supply
  • US MMA producers announce further increases for February on feedstock pressure
  • Production problems at Lucite’s Cassel, UK MMA plant ahead of turnaround

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Engineering Thermoplastics
14 February 2018 Issue Number 115
  • US polyamide 6, caprolactam production outages restrict output in Jan-Feb
  • Two force majeure declarations in January tighten European PA 66 supply
  • China polycarbonate market demand, prices weaken ahead of Spring Festival
  • Europe polyacetal prices higher in Q1 as producers seek additional increases
  • US PBT market prices supported in February by tight BDO feedstock market
  • Asia ABS market prices holding above $2000/ton cfr amid optimistic Q1 outlook

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Acrylonitrile · Acrylic Fibre
14 February 2018 Issue Number 454
  • Tight supply sustains global acrylonitrile prices at the current high level
  • US acrylonitrile prices continue firm although propylene price decreases
  • Asian acrylonitrile spot prices strengthen to over $1900/ton cfr in February
  • Acrylic fibre prices move higher globally with higher feedstock costs
  • Depressed margins and holidays see Chinese acrylic fibre producers shut capacity
  • ABS resin prices climb with rising feedstock costs and good demand

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Maleic Anhydride · 1,4-Butanediol
14 February 2018 Issue Number 322
  • Two US producers announce maleic anhydride price increases for late February and March
  • European maleic anhydride prices up €100-150/ton in the first quarter; market tight
  • Chinese maleic market quietens ahead of Chinese New Year Holidays
  • US BDO market tighter on BASF’s Geismar force majeure
  • US UPR prices up, demand strong but some deliveries delayed due to bad weather
  • European UP resin prices increase, demand is healthy but UK underperforming

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Acrylic Acid & Acrylates
9 February 2018 Issue Number 322
  • US producers announce further price increases for February AA and Acrylates
  • US propylene market calmer in February, spot prices start to soften
  • European acrylic acid and acrylates market conditions stable in February
  • Dow announces €100/ton increase for GAA and acrylates in Europe
  • US MMA producers announce further increases for February on feedstock pressure
  • Lucite encounters production problems at Cassel, UK MMA plant ahead of turnaround

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Polyurethanes & Intermediates
12 February 2018 Issue Number 267
  • Dow and BASF declare force majeure on MDI in the US
  • BASF’s force majeure on MDI from Chongqing, China ongoing
  • Wanhua Ningbo running both MDI plants following a turnaround
  • BASF takes TDI unit in Ludwigshafen down for turnaround
  • Triple-digit price increase seen for European TDI
  • PO prices in US rise on higher propylene contract settlement
  • Repsol begins maintenance at PO/SM and polyols plants in Tarragona


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Acetic Acid · Vinyl Acetate
9 February 2018 Issue Number 365
  • Eastman resumes acetyls production at Tennessee facility in late January
  • China acetic acid export prices touch $700/ton fob level in brisk trade
  • Cold weather impacts acetyls production along US Gulf Coast in January
  • Acetic anhydride supplies in US, Europe remain tight, prices increase in Q1
  • Europe ethyl acetate market continues rollercoaster trend during early Q1
  • Methanex to restart Chile IV plant after securing natural gas feedstock

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Bio-Materials & Intermediates
5 February 2018 Issue Number 054
  • Special Report: Biofabricated textile materials step further towards commercialization
  • Haldor Topsøe introduces biomass-based MVG process
  • Evonik, AkzoNobel, Shell in electrolysis-based hydrogen projects
  • Genomatica, Aquafil collaborates on multi-year bio-caprolactam process development
  • US spot refined glycerine supply tightens on strong demand, low stocks
  • CHEMICAL PROFILE: POLYETHYLENE TEREPHTHALATE (PET)

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Fibres & Intermediates
31 January 2018 Issue Number 401
  • Chinese acrylic fibre producers continue to suffer utilisation below 50%
  • European polyamide fibre markets mixed- good demand for textile and weak BCF
  • Chinese polyester filament and staple volumes good early Jan but slowing at month-end
  • Polymer supply remains primary concern for North American polyester BCF producers
  • US polyester staple shipments less than expected due to production outages at spinners
  • European polypropylene staple demand improves in January following a poor end of year

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Polyamide & Intermediates
29 January 2018 Issue Number 453
  • PoCold weather in US blamed for caprolactam, PA 6 production outages
  • Two force majeure declarations further tighten European PA 66 supplies
  • HMDA market supplies hit by plant shutdowns in United States, Europe
  • China adipic acid prices remain firm as supplies tighten in January
  • Polyamide 6 prices in Europe stable despite weaker feedstock markets
  • China polyamide fibre market activity slows ahead of February holiday

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Chlorine & Derivatives
29 January 2018 Issue Number 4489
  • The cold weather impact operations at US chlor-alkali plants
  • US EDC prices recover some ground on improving Asian markets
  • US PVC producers announce price increases for February
  • European PVC prices roll over for the most part
  • Asian PVC prices jump on higher ethylene costs and improved market sentiment
  • BASF declares force majeure on MDI from Chongqing, China

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Ethylene Glycols • EO & EODs
26 January 2018 Issue Number 356
  • Global ethylene prices remain stable. EO deltas expected to increase in 2018
  • Bullish MEG market in China, with prices jumping by $100/ton to $1020/ton cfr
  • Early ECP and balanced market in US justify slight MEG increases in both areas
  • February MEG values in Europe and the US are expected to increase, following Asia
  • Stable DEG values in Asia and in the US in January. Prices move up in Europe
  • Ethanolamine markets remain balanced with improved offers and stable prices

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Unsaturated Polyester Resins
26 January 2018 Issue Number 115
  • US UPR prices up, demand strong but some deliveries delayed due to bad weather
  • Spiralling styrene prices could lead to further price increase announcements
  • European UP resin prices increase, demand is healthy but UK underperforming
  • US phthalic anhydride market tighter, European supply back to normal
  • MA prices stable in the US, European spot prices firm and supply balanced to tight
  • Global styrene prices continue to escalate, supply becoming tight in Europe and US


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Epoxy Resins & Co-Reactants
26 January 2018 Issue Number 017
  • Chinese epoxy resins prices soften on slowing demand
  • US and European epoxy resin prices rise but lag behind Asian values
  • Epichlorohydrin prices in China hit ceiling at Rmb16700-17300/ton
  • ECH prices in Europe and US rise in line with propylene and good demand
  • BPA prices in US and Europe increase substantially on tight import supply
  • Chinese BPA prices soften from mid December peaks

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PET Packaging Resin
25 January 2018 Issue Number 255
  • Crude oil values and relatively strong PTA output continue to support paraxylene prices
  • New capacity brings pressure on Chinese PTA prices but low inventory prompts caution
  • February MEG prices in Europe and the US are expected to increase, driven by Asia
  • Bullish MEG market in China, with prices jumping by $100/ton up to $1020/ton cfr
  • The PET market in Europe starts very strongly in 2018 as raw material prices rise
  • PET resin supply to packaging markets in North America remains extremely tight

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Polyester & Intermediates
25 January 2018 Issue Number 453
  • Crude oil values and relatively strong PTA output continue to support paraxylene prices
  • New capacity brings pressure on Chinese PTA prices but low inventory prompts caution
  • February MEG prices in Europe and the US are expected to increase, driven by Asia
  • With raw material costs rising demand for polyester filament yarn in China is strong
  • In North America, staple fibre shipments are below expectations in early January
  • The PET market in Europe starts very strongly in 2018 as raw material prices rise

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Phthalates · Oxo-Alcohols
18 January 2018 Issue Number 433
  • US plasticisers producers announce price increases for February
  • C9-C10 plasticisers prices in West Europe stable with small decreases also reported
  • Plasticisers prices in China steady-to-firm amid tighter supply
  • US Oxo-alcohol producers announce price increases effective 15 January
  • 2EH prices in Europe move up supported by higher propylene
  • 2EH prices supply in China tightens amid stricter environmental controls

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