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Orthoxylene · Phthalic Anhydride
14 December 2018 Issue Number 480
  • Global mixed xylenes prices down again but premiums in Europe remain high
  • US OX contract price for December decreases by 6 c/lb to 40 c/lb
  • European OX contract price for December declines by €30/ton to €840/ton
  • Asian OX supply still short but prices continue to come off
  • European PA market stable, Lanxess and OBC down for maintenance
  • Asian PA prices down despite lower inventories in China

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Maleic Anhydride · 1,4-Butanediol
13 December 2018 Issue Number 332
  • Rhine water levels rise to 180 cm at Kaub, Germany in early December
  • Ashland to sell its composites business and Marl BDO to INEOS Enterprises for $1.1 billion
  • US maleic prices are flat to down 2-3 c/lb for December
  • European maleic market tight as Polynt calls force majeure on 5 December
  • Butanes prices worldwide slide sharply
  • Asian maleic prices fall $100-200/ton from November to December

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Acetic Acid · Vinyl Acetate
12 December 2018 Issue Number 375
  • US acetic acid production holding steady after year of turmoil
  • China domestic acetic acid prices fluctuate during November
  • Europe VAM prices slide lower on seasonal demand issues
  • Low Rhine River levels cause widespread disruption in Q4
  • Methanol prices under pressure in all regions during November
  • AccsyBrent, WTI crude prices slump in November on macro concerns

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