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Orthoxylene · Phthalic Anhydride
20 October 2020 Issue Number 502
  • Hurricane Sally related outages ended for mixed xylenes in the US
  • The US orthoxylene contract price for October increases to 29 c/lb
  • European orthoxylene plants operate at low rates
  • Orthoxylene contract prices in China remain stable for four months in a row
  • US and European phthalic anhydride demand climb back to pre-COVID levels
  • Chinese phthalic anhydride producers are reporting low inventory levels

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Phthalates · Oxo-Alcohols
21 October 2020 Issue Number 466
  • Plasticisers demand in the US stable, delayed price implementation reported
  • European plasticisers prices increase again in October as supply remains tight
  • European Oxo alcohols prices remain stable
  • Oxo alcohols spot in the US increase steady-to-firm in October
  • Plasticisers prices in China rebound after the holidays
  • Oxo alcohol prices in China increase further, on tight supply

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Phenol · Acetone & Derivatives
19 October 2020 Issue Number 310
  • Ineos declares FM on acetone from its Mobile plant due to poor phenol offtake
  • Acetone supply very tight in the US – AdvanSix announced a further 5 c/lb increase
  • Chinese acetone values volatile in October as supply tightens then loosens again
  • Acetone spot prices fall by €100/ton due to market correction
  • Turnarounds in Europe and strong export demand keep bisphenol A values high
  • A strong economic recovery in China gives the PC industry a boost

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