Market Highlights

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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Chlor-Alkali & Vinyls
23 March 2017 Issue Number 439
  • Chemtrade Logistics has confirmed the acquisition of the Canexus chlor-alkali assets
  • New OxyChem & Mexichem JV ethylene cracker has commenced initial operations
  • Covestro announces that it will continue to run TDI plant in Spain that was due to close
  • Hanwha has resumed operations after expanding its caustic soda plant by 130,000 tpa
  • Most PVC markets have remained in tight supply & this has supported price increases
  • Caustic soda markets remain tight allowing sellers to continue to push for higher prices

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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 · 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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Acrylonitrile · Acrylic Fibre
22 March 2017 Issue Number 403
  • Tight supply keeps pushing global acrylonitrile prices upwards
  • Second-quarter maintenance shutdowns to keep US market tight
  • European acrylonitrile availability strained after UK force majeure
  • Propylene price trends diverge: US and Europe up, Asia down
  • Asian acrylic fibre producers maintain high operating rates
  • ABS prices begin slipping in Asia, in line with monomer prices

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PET Packaging Resin
21 March 2017 Issue Number 245
  • Paraxylene price slide makes contract roll-over in Europe look premature
  • Chinese PTA producers slip back into losses as idled capacity restarts
  • Chinese MEG demand improves, but spot prices fall $200/ton on speculation
  • Turnarounds in US, Europe and Asia should tighten MEG supplies in Q2
  • US and European PET resin volumes above expectations
  • Lower PET resin prices in China delay the start of seasonal restocking

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Ethylene Glycols • EO & EODs
21 March 2017 Issue Number 346
  • US MEG tightened on higher demand and lower imports
  • China MEG demand improved, but speculation saw spot fall $200/ton
  • US benchmark prices rose by 2-3 c/lb with another 4-5 c/lb for April
  • Turnarounds in US, Europe and Asia should tighten MEG supply in Q2
  • Better demand and lower supply tightened DEG in USA and Europe
  • EOAs are short in the US, balanced in Europe, but long in China

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Polyester & Intermediates
21 March 2017 Issue Number 443
  • Paraxylene price slide makes contract roll-over in Europe look premature
  • Chinese PTA producers slip back into losses as idled capacity restarts
  • Chinese MEG demand improves, but spot prices fall $200/ton on speculation
  • Shipments of both polyester filament and staple are strong in West Europe
  • US and European PET resin volumes above expectations
  • Lower PET resin prices in China delay the start of seasonal restocking

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Maleic Anhydride · 1,4-Butanediol
17 March 2017 Issue Number 311
  • Falling n-butane prices stymie March maleic anhydride increases in the US market
  • Maleic supply in Europe tighter on production issues and limited imports
  • BDO producers seek substantial hikes for the second quarter in the US and Europe
  • Chinese PTMEG prices continue to firm this month; downstream demand mixed
  • Chinese PBT producers seek hikes based on higher BDO prices
  • UPR markets reeling from styrene shortages and rocketing prices

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Engineering Thermoplastics
17 March 2017 Issue Number 104
  • China polyamide 6 prices turn down as feedstock surge peters out
  • China polycarbonate slips on higher operating rates and pause in demand
  • Firmer methanol to put upward pressure on US and European polyacetal…
  • … China polyacetal prices climb on tight supply
  • Asian ABS prices ease back from peak as feedstocks turn down

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Polyurethanes & Intermediates
14 March 2017 Issue Number 256
  • Chinese MDI availability very tight due to outages in Asia
  • European MDI prices firming in March on availability and feedstocks
  • North American polyester polyol producers push for price increases
  • Middle East and Africa TDI prices on the rise again in March
  • Invista invests in upgrades to its polyester polyol offering in Vlissingen, the Netherlands
  • Chinese propylene oxide prices soften in March and polyol demand has been lacklustre

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Phenol · Acetone & Derivatives
13 March 2017 Issue Number 267
  • Benzene fell 7 c/gal in US, €46/ton in Europe and $100/ton in Asia
  • US phenol stayed balanced as AdvanSix and Altivia had turnarounds
  • Phenol contribution margins on sales to China “improved” to -$158/ton
  • Phenol prices in China fall below acetone prices for first time ever!
  • High BPA imports into China continue in spite of poor demand
  • Low BPA imports into USA and Europe help prices to rise again

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Orthoxylene · Phthalic Anhydride
10 March 2017 Issue Number 459
  • US MX prices trend downwards as supply improves
  • US OX contract price settled at 39 c/lb in March on lower mixed xylenes
  • European OX contract agreed at €805/ton amid tight supply
  • Orthoxylene prices in China weaken on longer supply and slower demand
  • Phthalic anhydride flake supply in Europe remains very tight
  • Chinese phthalic prices fall on lower feedstock prices and weaker demand

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Acetic Acid · Vinyl Acetate
9 March 2017 Issue Number 354
  • US acetic acid market producers hoping for price increases in March
  • Europe monthly acetic acid contract prices roll over in February
  • US, Europe VAM prices ease higher in February ahead of turnaround slate
  • China acetyls prices sluggish following Spring Festival holiday period
  • Helm, Greenyug sign off-take agreement for US bio-based ethyl acetate
  • MHTL will mothball two Trinidad methanol plants on feedstock cuts

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Synthetic Fibres
8 March 2017 Issue Number 391
  • Sales of acrylic yarn in the US continue to improve across all market sectors
  • Average operating rate for Chinese polyamide filament producers increases to 70%
  • In China, average polyester filament plant utilisation rates are around 75-80%
  • Shipments of both polyester filament and staple are strong in Western Europe
  • Demand in Taiwan for polyester filament strengthens but sales of staple weaken
  • Deliveries of polypropylene staple to the US nonwovens market disappoint

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Acrylic Acid & Acrylates
8 March 2017 Issue Number 311
  • US propylene contract rises a further 6.5c/lb for February
  • March propylene price in Europe goes up €50/ton
  • February acrylates prices in North America increased sharply
  • European acrylates prices continue to firm in tight market
  • Asian acrylics market begins to stabilise as demand flattens
  • Global MMA market remains tight; prices buoyant

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Bio-Materials & Intermediates
28 February 2017 Issue Number 041
  • Special Report: Cellulosic Sugar commercialisation gains strength
  • ADM plans to produce glucaric acid
  • Avantium announces intent to launch an IPO
  • Sebacic acid supply still tight from Q4 2016 Chinese production shutdowns
  • BioAmber, Vinmar in discussion to amend bio-succinic acid off-take deal
  • CHEMICAL PROFILE: 1,4 Butanediol (BDO) updated version

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Epoxy Resins & Co-Reactants
17 February 2017 Issue Number 006
  • US epoxy resin producers announce 5 c/lb increases for February
  • European epoxy resin producers announce €100-150/ton increases for February
  • LER prices in Asia continue to rise despite slow uptake following the Chinese holiday
  • Lower BPA imports enabled US and European suppliers to raise prices
  • ECH prices in US and Europe are climbing on the back of rising propylene values
  • Rising ECH inventories in China put downward pressure on prices

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