Market Highlights

PET Packaging Resin
21 September 2017 Issue Number 251
  • Hurricane Harvey hits US paraxylene supply – price increase of 3-5 c/lb anticipated
  • Alpek stops PTA supply to M&G’s PET resin plants in Mexico and Brazil
  • Hurricane Harvey is fueling global MEG prices and modifying the trade balance
  • October global MEG offer limitations will put pressure to regional price levels
  • PET production outages in Mexico and Belgium tighten already balanced markets
  • Asia PET resin volumes for both export and domestic markets strong

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Polyester & Intermediates
21 September 2017 Issue Number 449
  • Hurricane Harvey hits US paraxylene supply – price increase of 3-5 c/lb anticipated
  • Alpek stops PTA supply to M&G’s PET resin plants in Mexico and Brazil
  • Hurricane Harvey is fueling global MEG prices and modifying the trade balance
  • In North America, the polyester industrial filament market is thrown into turmoil
  • PET production outages in Mexico and Belgium tighten already balanced markets
  • Asia PET resin volumes for both export and domestic markets strong

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Caustic Soda
20 September 2017 Issue Number 445
  • Caustic soda pricing is moving upwards in all regions due to tighter supply
  • Hurricanes affect production in the US Gulf area and stocks have tightened
  • The European supply/demand balance remains tight with no spot availability
  • Plants in Middle East are operating normally but supply is only for contracts
  • Outages across Northeast Asia have restricted supply and prices have gone up
  • Chinese plants are running at low rates due to weak chlorine/plant inspections

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Phthalates · Oxo-Alcohols
18 September 2017 Issue Number 429
  • US plasticisers supply tightens sharply in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey
  • European plasticisers prices steady to weak
  • UPC starts up a new DINP dehydrogenated unit in Panjin,China
  • US oxo alcohols supply remains tight, two producers declare force majeure
  • 2-EH prices in China steady on improving supply
  • N-butanol prices in Asia recover amid improving acrylates market

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Acrylonitrile · Acrylic Fibre
15 September 2017 Issue Number 449
  • European propylene contract price for September settled at €830/ton
  • Global acrylonitrile market hit hard by Hurricane Harvey
  • Asian Acrylonitrile prices moved up sharply in the wake of Hurricane Harvey
  • Further drops seen in production rates for acrylic fibre in China
  • The European market for acrylic staple begins to improve after the holiday period
  • Asia, China ABS resin prices increase sharply on soaring feedstock values

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Phenol · Acetone & Derivatives
14 September 2017 Issue Number 273
  • Hurricane Harvey brings petrochemical production to a halt in Texas
  • Refinery grade propylene up by 11 c/lb following the US storm
  • Acetone prices will increase when production in the US resumes
  • MMA availability tightens further and prices rocket in Europe and Asia
  • Bisphenol A spot prices in the US have shot up by as much as 30 c/lb
  • Polycarbonate prices are poised to increase while the industry assesses damage

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Acrylic Acid & Acrylates
14 September 2017 Issue Number 317
  • US market struggles in the aftermath of plant closures and force majeures following Hurricane Harvey
  • Price increases announced for October on acrylic acid and acrylates in the US
  • BASF lifts force majeure restrictions on acrylic acid and acrylates at Ludwigshafen
  • Chinese acrylic acid and acrylates prices firm on stronger demand
  • US MMA market tightens further as Lucite’s Beaumont plant went down due to Hurricane Harvey
  • European MMA market remains firm, and prices have moved up again in September

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Orthoxylene · Phthalic Anhydride
13 September 2017 Issue Number 465
  • US MX prices have increased as supply has been restricted and gasoline has spiked
  • US OX contract price for September is yet to settle, a significant increase is expected
  • European OX contract agreed down by €10/ton at €740/ton
  • Chinese OX market sentiment remains weak and demand sluggish
  • European PA market has not yet picked back up after the summer slowdown
  • Chinese phthalic anhydride supply is tight and prices have improved

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Engineering Thermoplastics
13 September 2017 Issue Number 110
  • US engineering polymer industry slowing recovering after Hurricane Harvey
  • Polyamide 66 intermediate production hit by Invista outages in Texas
  • PBT resin supplies, prices under pressure following BDO force majeures
  • US polycarbonate supplies facing impact from resin, BPA shutdowns
  • European polymer markets wary of possible impact from US outages
  • Asia, China ABS resin prices increase sharply on soaring feedstock values

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Synthetic Fibres
13 September 2017 Issue Number 397
  • The European market for acrylic staple begins to improve after the holiday period
  • The market in China for polyamide has slowed in the expectation of lower prices
  • Demand for polyester filament yarn and staple fibre remains strong in China
  • In North America, the polyester industrial filament market is thrown into turmoil
  • In West Europe, polyester POY filament plants are operating close to capacity
  • Demand for polypropylene staple in the North American nonwoven market improves

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Acetic Acid · Vinyl Acetate
9 September 2017 Issue Number 360
  • Hurricane Harvey prompts US Gulf Coast production outages
  • Historic flooding causes massive disruption to regional logistics
  • INEOS planning 300,000 tpa VAM plant in Europe by 2021
  • China acetic acid export prices mostly stable during August
  • China VAM export prices edge higher on increased enquiries
  • Dow, Du Pont close ‘merger of equals’ on schedule in late August

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Maleic Anhydride · 1,4-Butanediol
8 September 2017 Issue Number 317
  • BASF announces price increases on BDO in US and Europe
  • Butanes prices continue to firm in all major regions
  • Lanxess lifts force majeure on maleic anhydride on 7 September
  • US UPR prices mostly flat in August, some very minor declines seen
  • Titanium dioxide and neopentyl glycol supply and prices continue to cause concern
  • European UP resin prices see some minor declines in a quiet month

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Polyurethanes & Intermediates
7 September 2017 Issue Number 262
  • MDI and TDI prices in the US expected to rise on supply disruptions
  • Two US MDI producers declare force majeure following Hurricane Harvey
  • TDI prices in China and the Middle East/Africa increase steeply on supply tightness
  • PO/PG shutdowns in the US prompt polyol price increases
  • BDO supply in US moves back to tight
  • Adipic acid prices in China continue to rise on production limitations


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Bio-Materials & Intermediates
6 September 2017 Issue Number 049
  • Special Report: Bio-based Polyurethanes: Slow but Steady Progress
  • Genomatica starts fermentation-based butylene glycol test-production
  • Intrexon to build a pilot plant for methane-based 2,3 BDO by 2018
  • Ingevity acquires Georgia-Pacific’s pine chemicals business
  • Plaxica divests Xylex®, Versalac® assets to Sappi
  • CHEMICAL PROFILE: FARNESENE

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Chlorine & Derivatives
31 August 2017 Issue Number 444
  • US chlor alkali supply partially disrupted by Hurricane Harvey
  • European PVC prices roll over in August, supply tightens but demand softens
  • Asian EDC prices slid lower in August
  • Asian PVC prices remain in an uptrend amid bullish market sentiment and tighter supply
  • MDI prices continue to rise; Wanhua in Yantai to shut for a two-week turnaround
  • TDI prices in China spike following supply tightness

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Polyamide & Intermediates
30 August 2017 Issue Number 448
  • Hurricane Harvey slams Texas causing widespread disruption
  • Production outage reported at Invista adipic acid plant in Texas
  • Asia, China caprolactam prices rise, then weaken in late August
  • Europe caprolactam, PA 6 polymer prices edge lower in August
  • China polyamide resin prices stable to slightly higher in August
  • China adipic acid prices see sharp increases amid tighter supplies

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Epoxy Resins & Co-Reactants
25 August 2017 Issue Number 012
  • Epoxy resin prices in China rise by Rmb1800/ton in August due to tightness
  • Solid epoxy resin demand strong in all regions
  • South Korean producers to expand solid epoxy resin capacity in Q4
  • US bisphenol A prices roll over as availability remains snug
  • European bisphenol A market prices soften in summer slowdown
  • Epichlorohydrin prices continue to rise on the back of tightness

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Unsaturated Polyester Resins
24 August 2017 Issue Number 110
  • US UPR prices mostly flat in August, some very minor declines seen
  • Titanium dioxide and neopentyl glycol supply and prices continue to cause concern
  • European UP resin prices see some minor declines in a quiet month
  • US phthalic anhydride moved down in August, prices in Europe also soften
  • Maleic prices stable in both Europe and US, though likely to increase next month
  • Global styrene prices firmed in August. Production issues in Europe persist


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Ethylene Glycols • EO & EODs
24 August Issue Number 351
  • EO contract level stable in Europe and down in US. Spot prices increased in Asia
  • Good MEG demand improves producers’margin in US and Europe, but not in Asia
  • MEG nominations are up for September as spot prices in China reach $875/ton
  • August MEG moved up in US and Europe. Increases expected for September
  • Stable DEG prices in China. Europe and US become long and prices correct
  • Ethanolamines market balanced in Europe and US. Asian prices follow EO up

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