Market Highlights

PET Packaging Resin
24 November 2017 Issue Number 253
  • Paraxylene prices reflect higher crude oil, despite disruptions to demand
  • Over 8 million tpa of Chinese PTA capacity starts/restarts in November
  • Europe reacts to JBF’s problems by increasing imports of PTA from China
  • MEG markets in US and Europe are over supplied due to M&G and JBF-RAK problems
  • Demand for PET in China weakens seasonally as margins remain thin
  • PET Resin supply is short in the US and Mexico following the closure of M&G plants

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Polyester & Intermediates
23 November 2017 Issue Number 451
  • Paraxylene prices reflect higher crude oil, despite disruptions to demand
  • Over 8 million tpa of Chinese PTA capacity starts/restarts in November
  • MEG markets in US and Europe are over supplied due to M&G and JBF-RAK problems
  • Demand in China for polyester filament yarn strengthens driving up plant utilisation
  • Domestic shipments of polyester staple in US boosted by anti dumping duties
  • PET resin supply is short in the US and Mexico following the closure of M&G plants

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Phthalates · Oxo-Alcohols
22 November 2017 Issue Number 431
  • US plasticisers prices mainly stable in November
  • European plasticisers prices steady although some decreases are also reported
  • Grupa Azoty will expand DOTP capacity next year
  • Plasticiser prices in China recovered a bit in mid-November
  • Oxo alcohol prices in Europe soften amid weakening demand
  • 2-EH prices in China steady on stable propylene

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Acrylonitrile · Acrylic Fibre
17 November 2017 Issue Number 451
  • Propylene prices still high in North America but lower elsewhere
  • Acrylonitrile price peak passes with improved supply and an end to seasonal demand
  • Asian acrylonitrile spot prices hit $2050/ton, but then soften to $1950-1970/ton cfr
  • Shandong Haili commissions 130 ktpa acrylonitrile facility but product availability unclear
  • Global acrylic fibre plants continue to cut utilisation rates as demand and margins wane
  • Chinese ABS demand remains strong – stable-to-weaker in North America and Europe

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Orthoxylene · Phthalic Anhydride
17 November 2017 Issue Number 467
  • US MX prices remain firm on stronger energy values
  • US OX contract for November rolls over at 37.5 c/lb
  • European OX price also settles at a rollover at €720/ton
  • Chinese OX prices have remained firm since October
  • European phthalic anhydride prices have firmed in November
  • Chinese phthalic anhydride supply is tight and prices are moving higher

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Caustic Soda
15 November 2017 Issue Number 447
  • Shintech applies for permit to expand vinyls & chlor-alkali at Plaquemine
  • INOVYN announces its plans to build a new chlor-alkali plant in Germany
  • US market remains tight and prices, particularly for exports, have risen again
  • Monthly contract pricing in Europe is up again this month as supply is tight
  • Asian pricing has climbed in November due to tight market supply conditions
  • Chinese pricing has reached a ten-year high this month due to tight supply

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Phenol · Acetone & Derivatives
15 November 2017 Issue Number 275
  • Shell will idle its No 3 phenol/acetone unit at Deer Park, Texas in 2018
  • US acetone market bracing itself for tighter supplies in 2018
  • Currently rising US benzene values dampening year-end phenol demand
  • Phenol supply in Europe returning to balance following the lifting of FMs
  • China imposes anti-dumping duties on BPA from Thailand
  • BPA prices in China jump – 2018 export volumes to Europe and US may shorten

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Engineering Thermoplastics
15 November 2017 Issue Number 112
  • China polyamide 6 polymer prices ease lower during early November
  • Ascend planning capacity increases for PA 66 polymers, intermediates in 2018
  • US PBT market prices remain firm in earn November on higher raw materials
  • Asia polycarbonate resin prices move higher on plant outages, steady demand
  • China polyacetal resin prices increase in early November on tight supplies
  • ABS prices in Europe decrease in early November in line with feedstock prices

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Maleic Anhydride · 1,4-Butanediol
10 November 2017 Issue Number 319
  • European BDO prices firm around €100/ton for fourth quarter
  • US maleic price increases 2c/lb for November based on rising n-butane values
  • Invista to sell its spandex businesses to China’s Shandong Ruyi
  • US UPR prices see some small increases; market has improved after a small blip in September
  • Some key feedstock prices remain high and continue to impact margins
  • European UP resin prices mostly stable, some further increases have been pushed through

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Acrylic Acid & Acrylates
10 November 2017 Issue Number 319
  • Ethyl acrylate, 2-EHA and MA remain tight in Europe in November
  • US acrylic acid and acrylate demand better than forecast in November
  • Chinese MMA prices dip in November on seasonally slower demand
  • US and European MMA markets remain tight and prices firm
  • High production rates and falling raw material prices drag down Chinese GAA prices

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Acetic Acid · Vinyl Acetate
9 November 2017 Issue Number 362
  • Eastman expects coal gasification repairs complete by end 2017
  • US acetic acid, acetic anhydride supplies seen as severely tight
  • China acetic acid price increases pegged back in late October
  • Europe monthly VAM prices for October firm on ‘Harvey effect’
  • Ethyl acetate export prices in China, India push toward $900/ton
  • Polyvinyl alcohol producers seeking price increases in Q4 ’17

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Polyurethanes & Intermediates
8 November 2017 Issue Number 264
  • MDI prices in the US and Europe stable this month
  • European TDI inventories low following BASF’s contamination issue
  • TDI prices in China and the Middle East/Africa continue to rise on supply tightness
  • Steadier propylene in the US push formula PO/PG prices marginally higher
  • Q4 BDO prices have firmed in the US
  • US adipic acid supply improves but remains tight


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Bio-Materials & Intermediates
7 November 2017 Issue Number 051
  • Special Report: M&G, DowDupont restructuring leads to uncertainty in biofuels, renewable chems
  • BASF starts biocatalysed acrylamide plant in China
  • UPM to build a biorefnery producing MEG, MPG and lignin in Germany
  • Coca-Cola’s PlantBottle volume demand believed to be lower this year
  • BASF’s ecoflex® and ecovio® production in force majeure
  • CHEMICAL PROFILE: POLYBUTYLENE SUCCINATE (PBS)

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Chlorine & Derivatives
31 October 2017 Issue Number 446
  • Vinnolit will expand chlorine and VCM capacity at Gendford
  • Asian EDC prices steady to weak on increasing supply and falling ethylene
  • US PVC export prices slump on improving availability and weak demand for exports
  • European PVC prices increase in line with ethylene costs
  • US MDI and TDI recovery could take months; Europe more stable
  • TDI prices in China and the Middle East/Africa stabilise after steep rises last month

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Polyamide & Intermediates
30 October 2017 Issue Number 450
  • Caprolactam prices in China, Asia, soar higher during October
  • Cyclohexanone market supplies in China seen as critically low
  • PA 6 prices in Asia, China dragged higher by feedstock levels
  • Europe PA 6, caprolactam markets keep steady pace in October
  • PA 66 polymer prices boosted by strong demand, tight feedstock
  • Cyclohexane supplies in US, Europe continue to improve in Q4

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Unsaturated Polyester Resins
27 October 2017 Issue Number 112
  • US UPR prices see small increases; market has improved after a small blip in September
  • Some key feedstock prices remain high and continue to impact margins
  • European UP resin prices see some minor increases but overall remain stable
  • US PA prices 4 c/lb, European prices stable to soft compared to last month
  • Maleic prices increase in the US, European contract talks still ongoing
  • Global styrene prices soften as supply improves and Asian demand slows


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Ethylene Glycols • EO & EODs
27 October Issue Number 353
  • Ethylene values move up in EU and US, but goes down in Asia on ample supply
  • Tight EO regional markets due to turnarounds and good glycols and EODs demand
  • Glycol tightness in Europe and US switching to long, due to M&G and JBF RAK
  • China MEG prices stable around $900/ton level based on strong fundamentals
  • DEG values remains flat in Asia, down in Europe and up in US following Harvey
  • Ongoing tightness in Europe and US ethanolamine markets due to limited availability

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Epoxy Resins & Co-Reactants
27 October 2017 Issue Number 014
  • US epoxy resins producers announced 5 c/lb increase for October
  • A further 4 c/lb increase announced by one US manufacturer
  • Differing perceptions of availability fragments European epoxy resins pricing
  • Epoxy resin and ECH prices in China marching up to “ridiculous” levels
  • Spot ECH import Q4 volumes to Europe to be cut and diverted to China
  • BPA prices strengthening too in China but at slower rate

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Synthetic Fibres
16 October 2017 Issue Number 398
  • ThGlobal demand for acrylic staple fibre weakens and plants run at low utilisation
  • The Chinese polyamide 6 filament market turns in the second half of the month
  • Demand for polyester filament yarn and staple fibre in China continues to be strong
  • Demand in India for polyester filament yarn is also improving and prices rising
  • Shipments of polyester BCF in the North American market continue to be good
  • Sales of polypropylene staple to the West European nonwoven market do not recover

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