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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Caustic Soda
15 November 2018 Issue Number 459
  • The Brazilian court has upheld the 50% partial shutdown at Alunorte
  • US spot export prices fall further after a sharp price drop in October
  • US sanctions deadline for Rusal extended further to 7 January
  • Northeast Asian producers lower operating rates amid bearish market
  • Indian importers face difficulty importing due to the BIS certificate issue
  • Chinese domestic prices slipped but remained at high levels

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Orthoxylene · Phthalic Anhydride
14 November 2018 Issue Number 479
  • Global mixed xylenes prices have followed upstream energy prices down
  • US OX contract price for November decreased by 2 c/lb to 46 c/lb
  • European OX contract price for November declines by €20/ton to €870/ton
  • Asian OX supply still tight, prices are weaker due to softer upstream values
  • European PA market seasonally softer, prices are starting to decline
  • Asian PA prices edge down, downstream demand is softer

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Maleic Anhydride · 1,4-Butanediol
13 November 2018 Issue Number 331
  • Rhine water levels plunge to 37 cm at Kaub, Germany
  • BDO prices in Europe and US roll over for November
  • Bartek Ingredients sold to Canadian private equity firm, Torquest
  • US maleic prices remain stable for November after increase in October
  • North American n-butane prices soften as crude loses its upside
  • UPR prices in Europe soften, volumes in October better than September

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