TECNON ORBICHEM

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Tecnon OrbiChem has been a leader in providing data and analysis to the petrochemical industry since 1976. We are now one of the world's foremost marketing consultancies to the bulk chemicals, petrochemicals and plastics industries. We specialise in Chemical Intermediates, Synthetic Fibres and Resins.

Tecnon OrbiChem provides independent, expert assistance on projects and strategic issues. We offer a unique combination of up-to-date market information and in-depth analysis through monthly business reports and proprietary databases.

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Orthoxylene · Phthalic Anhydride
15 March 2019 Issue Number 483
  • Global mixed xylenes prices still firm, US and European supply improving
  • US OX contract price for February jumps 5 c/lb to 43 c/lb
  • European OX contract price for March yet to settle
  • Asian OX market supply feeling tighter, prices for March increase
  • European PA prices up again, orthoxylene tightness starting to cause issues
  • Asian PA prices softer and supply is long for now but could tighten in April

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Acrylic Acid & Acrylates
11 March 2019 Issue Number 335
  • Evonik sells methacrylates business to private equity firm Advent International for €3 billion
  • Fire at Unigel’s MMA plant in Brazil halts production temporarily
  • European propylene contact up by €25/ton for March
  • Dow’s Boehlen, Germany BA and GAA production affected by site outage
  • US acrylates demand remains stable; prices reflect propylene softness
  • Chinese acrylic acid and acrylates demand subdued in March

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Acetic Acid · Vinyl Acetate
11 March 2019 Issue Number 378
  • INEOS Oxide picks Hull, UK, as location for new VAM plant
  • China acetic acid prices firm slightly in February amid outages
  • Asia acetic acid market preparing for busy turnaround slate in Q2
  • Lotte BP adding 100 ktpa of acetic acid capacity by mid-2019
  • India’s Jubilant plans April start for 50 ktpa acetic anhydride unit
  • Europe ethyl acetate market fails to sustain price hikes in February

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