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Orthoxylene · Phthalic Anhydride
14 February 2020 Issue Number 494
  • US mixed xylenes prices firmer, supply tighter. European and Asian prices softer
  • The US orthoxylene contract price for February increased to 40.5 c/lb
  • West European contract price for January up €10/ton, February is unsettled
  • US and European phthalic anhydride demand stable-to-soft
  • Chinese markets struggling following the outbreak of Coronavirus
  • Asian markets outside China are largely stable

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Caustic Soda
14 February 2020 Issue Number 474
  • US contract prices remain stable to weak with inventory pressure
  • Braskem announces shutdown of Camaçari chlor-alkali plant
  • Finland’s pulp mill strikes halted production for two weeks disrupting caustic demand
  • LG Chemical’s 150 ktpa plant starts up, spot cargo supply from South Korea increases
  • Operating rates fell below 70% in China amid weak demand
  • Flakes grade enquiries increase outside China amid delayed Chinese shipments

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Maleic Anhydride · 1,4-Butanediol
12 February 2020 Issue Number 346
  • US UPR market firms as consumers rebuild inventories in January
  • Northeast Asian maleic prices increase as Chinese market freezes up
  • Saudi Aramco butanes price drop back $45/ton to $545/ton for February
  • Coronavirus creates logistics and stockpiling issues in China
  • European and US Q1 BDO prices settled down
  • European maleic spot prices firm then stabilize in uncertain market

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