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Fibres & Intermediates
29 November 2019 Issue Number 423
  • European acrylic fibre producers’ margins suffer with rising feedstock costs
  • Chinese acrylic fibre prices steady despite falling acrylonitrile costs
  • Global polyamide fibre demand remain soft – new capacity comes online in the US
  • Polyester stable demand in all regions weak except in the US weaving operations sector
  • End of GM strike gives renewed hope that PP fibre demand will now improve
  • Import volumes of viscose staple in Europe may continue to decline in Q4

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Engineering Thermoplastics
29 November 2019 Issue Number 136
  • Polyamide 6 resin prices weaken in Q4 amid continued slow demand
  • China polyamide 66 resin prices stabilise in October, but outlook unclear
  • US engineering plastics markets looking for boost after GM strike ends
  • Europe polycarbonate resin market struggling to regain stability in Q4
  • Demand, feedstock prices weighing down ABS market in all regions
  • US PBT resin demand sluggish in October as outlook remains bearish

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Ethylene Glycols • EO & EODs
29 November 2019 Issue Number 378
  • Ethylene hits $810/ton in China, rises 0.75 c/lb in the US but down €30/ton in Europe
  • MEG values in Asia over the past 30 days fluctuate in a range $530-550/ton cfr
  • MEG contracts stable-to-firm in the US. Spot remains flat amid growing exports
  • First November MEG deal at €625/ton in Europe. October ECP fixed at €632/ton ddp
  • Ethanolamines values stable-to-firm in the US, but down in Europe and China
  • DEG stable in China and the US, but soft in Europe. TEG values stable-to-weak

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Polyamide & Intermediates
28 November 2019 Issue Number 475
  • European Commission approves Domo’s purchase of Solvay’s PA 66 business
  • November Europe PA 6, capro prices fall sharply in line with benzene values
  • Slow demand, weak benzene push down Chinese PA 6, caprolactam prices
  • European fibre industry struggles continue in November with demand at low levels
  • Tyrecord producers struggle as margins pushed close to break-even levels
  • China cyclohexanone market bracing for further capacity increases in 2020
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Chlorine & Derivatives
27 November 2019 Issue Number 471
  • Chinese chlorine prices increase on reduced production at chlor alkali plants
  • Bondalti starts operations at its chlor alkali plant in Torrelavega, Spain
  • Asian EDC firm on tight supply but then fell back slightly later in the month
  • US PVC export prices soften on falling prices in other regions
  • Formosa Taiwan decrease PVC prices again in Asia
  • European PVC slip in line with ethylene

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Epoxy Resins & Co-Reactants
26 November 2019 Issue Number 038
  • Olin announces epoxy price increases of 5 c/lb in the US and €150/ton in Europe
  • European LER prices see all manner of price movements
  • Bisphenol A prices drop in all regions
  • Epoxy resin prices in China fall by almost $700/ton in November
  • Chinese ECH values slide by more than $900/ton in one month
  • Jiangsu Haili reportedly has approval to restart ECH plant

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Unsaturated Polyester Resins
26 November 2019 Issue Number 137
  • US UPR prices flat again, demand is softer after a strong October
  • European UPR prices down €10-20/ton, demand is stable-to-soft
  • Phthalic anhydride prices are firmer in Europe and the US
  • US maleic prices steady, European fourth quarter prices decline by €30-80/ton
  • Global styrene prices continue to soften, supply is ample and demand is weak
  • MPG prices in both Europe and the US are firming as demand starts to pick up

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PET Packaging Resin
21 November 2019 Issue Number 277
  • Squeezed paraxylene and PTA margins lead to reduced production in all regions
  • 20 million tpa PTA capacity under construction in China - 30 million possibly!
  • Ethylene hits $810/ton in China and rises 0.75 c/lb in US.  Europe drops €30/ton
  • MEG values in Asia fluctuated within $530-550/ton cfr in the last 30 days
  • MEG contracts stable-to-firm in the US.  Spot remains flat amid growing exports
  • Korean PET resin producers are facing fierce competition in export markets

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Polyester & Intermediates
21 November 2019 Issue Number 475
  • Squeezed paraxylene and PTA margins lead to reduced production in all regions
  • 20 million tpa PTA capacity under construction in China - 30 million possibly!
  • MEG values in Asia fluctuated within $530-550/ton cfr in the last 30 days
  • Polyester textile and industrial filament spinning outlook is gloomy in Europe
  • Polyester staple producers in Taiwan cut utilisation to control inventories
  • Korean PET resin producers are facing fierce competition in export markets

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Maleic Anhydride · 1,4-Butanediol
20 November 2019 Issue Number 343
  • US n-butane prices surge to around 79.00 c/gal from 60.00 c/gal last month
  • US maleic prices steady for November; price increase announced for December
  • Maleic pricing drops in Europe for fourth quarter by €30-80/ton
  • Asian maleic prices fairly steady in the face of diminished demand
  • MOL expected to announce maleic expansion in Hungary
  • US UPR demand picks up but still expected to be down year-on-year for 2019

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Phthalates · Oxo-Alcohols
20 November 2019 Issue Number 455
  • US plasticisers prices fall on lower raw materials and slower demand
  • European plasticisers prices drop again amid poor demand and ample supply
  • Oxo alcohol prices in Europe fall on lower propylene
  • Turkish 2-EH prices slump amid increasing supply competition
  • Plasticisers prices in China remain on a downtrend, DOTP suffers larger decreases
  • Asian 2-EH prices fall again, demand remains sluggish

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Phenol · Acetone & Derivatives
19 November 2019 Issue Number 299
  • Soft benzene values see phenol values in the US and Europe fall
  • Oversupply in Asia is pushing phenol price downwards
  • A tightly balanced market in Europe sees acetone values rise by €50/ton
  • Chinese acetone prices increase but a lag in Asia has seen values fall
  • Bisphenol A prices see decreases in all regions
  • Further downward price movement for MMA seen in China following plant restarts

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Caustic Soda
19 November 2019 Issue Number 471
  • US contract prices fell, on average, $10-20/ton in November
  • Alunorte reached 83% of nominal capacity in Q3
  • Northwest Europe exports large volumes in November due to inventory pressure
  • Indian domestic prices fell further due to oversupply
  • Chinese government will cut output at some alumina producers during the heating season
  • Chinese suppliers continue to favour sales in the domestic market due to better margins

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Orthoxylene · Phthalic Anhydride
15 November 2019 Issue Number 491
  • Firmer energy prices continue to global mixed xylenes values
  • The US orthoxylene contract price for November rolled over at 40 c/lb
  • The European contract price for October fell €5/ton following a split settlement
  • Asian orthoxylene supply tight but prices are under pressure from weak demand
  • Phthalic anhydride contract prices firmer in both Europe and the US
  • Chinese PA demand still weak and margins remain poor

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Polyurethanes & Intermediates
8 November 2019 Issue Number 288
  • US and China announced agreement to cancel trade tariffs
  • Chinese BDO prices firm after months of cuts
  • European and US BDO Q4 prices decline
  • European MPG turnaround ongoing
  • PO turnaround in the Netherlands believed to be ongoing
  • European TDI turnaround ongoing

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Acrylic Acid & Acrylates
8 November 2019 Issue Number 343
  • US October propylene contract settles down 1.5c/gal
  • November propylene contract down by €30/ton in Europe
  • Long supply and soft feedstock prices weigh on Chinese 2-EH and n-butanol prices
  • BA spot prices in Europe tumble further in early November
  • Chinese BA producers continue to struggle with poor economics
  • Further downward price movement for MMA seen in China following plant restarts

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Acetic Acid · Vinyl Acetate
7 November 2019 Issue Number 386
  • CelaCelanese sees delays to restart of acetic acid, VAM units at Clear Lake
  • Acetic acid domestic, export prices in China slump further in October
  • Europe VAM monthly contract prices tick higher during October
  • Ineos Oxide increases etac rates in October, but keeps FM in place
  • Methanex confirms starting construction on Geismar MEOH plant
  • BP signs MoU for 1.0 million tpa JV acetic acid plant in Zhejiang

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Bio-Materials & Intermediates
6 November 2019 Issue Number 075
  • Special Report: Plastic companies invest in recycling and renewables to drive circular economy initiatives
  • India Glycols, FENC to use CO2-based ethanol for PET production
  • Fraunhofer Institute launched new polyamides derived from terpenes
  • European players expect non-GMO glycerine supply to tighten
  • Global PHA production expansions to start in the next few weeks
  • CHEMICAL PROFILE: ISOCYANATES

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