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Fibres & Intermediates
30 June 2020 Issue Number 430
  • Chinese acrylic fibre consumers stockpile material as feedstock costs rise
  • Acrylic fibre operating rates in Europe to remain a low 40-50% in June
  • Chinese polyamide filament prices up due to higher feedstock costs
  • Polyester filament operating rates in Taiwan cut to 30-40% due to soft demand
  • Demand improves for nonwoven applications for face mask production
  • Indonesia becomes largest exporter of viscose staple to Europe

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Engineering Thermoplastics
30 June 2020 Issue Number 143
  • ABS prices strengthen in Asia; fall in Europe and US for May
  • Polyamide still suffering as global markets hit by COVID-19 pandemic
  • Polyacetals markets suffer less exposure to the automotive industry than most ETPs
  • PBT market struggles to rebound as automotive market makes slow recovery
  • Bio-based and recyclable/compostable plastics projects forge ahead, despite global slowdown
  • Polycarbonate demand into medical and protective equipment soars

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Unsaturated Polyester Resins
29 June 2020 Issue Number 144
  • US UPR demand continues to improve, prices and margins largely stable
  • European UPR prices down €10-20/ton, demand off by 20-30% compared to normal
  • Chinese UPR market prices stable, operating rates declined by 1-2% in June
  • Maleic anhydride prices mixed, demand remains soft
  • US styrene spot prices much firmer. European prices up $10-20/ton compared to May
  • European phthalic anhydride prices firmer but US values stable

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