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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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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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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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Fibres & Intermediates
31 October 2019 Issue Number 422
  • 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
30 October 2019 Issue Number 135
  • 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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Polyamide & Intermediates
30 October 2019 Issue Number 474
  • Polyamide resin demand remains soft in all regions during October
  • Start-up of new PA 6 plants in China delayed due to weaker markets
  • Taiwan caprolactam import prices increase slightly to $1430-1480/ton
  • However, China caprolactam prices decrease on soft demand, feedstock
  • EU PA 66 market in wait-and-see mode regarding Butachimie turnaround
  • Benzene price slump sets stage for large correction in November contracts
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Ethylene Glycols • EO & EODs
30 October 2019 Issue Number 377
  • Ethylene contract moves up in the US and in Europe. Lower values seen in Asia
  • In the US, MEG is expected to firm in October-November despite high availability
  • High volatility in MEG Asian values, which have fallen $100 to $540/ton cfr
  • In Europe, first MEG deal agreed at €632/ton ddp, with high volatility in spot values
  • Ethanolamine values stable in Europe and the US. Prices up in China on tight supply
  • DEG stable-to-firm in Europe and the US, but soft in China. TEG stable-to-soft globally

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Chlorine & Derivatives
29 October 2018 Issue Number 470
  • Chlorine prices remain stable in China
  • Ercros complete its latest chlor-alkali expansion at Vila-seca
  • Asian EDC prices rebound on tighter supply
  • US EDC supply tighter, prices recover some ground
  • Formosa Taiwan announce price decreases for PVC in Asia
  • European PVC increases in line with ethylene or a little below

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Unsaturated Polyester Resins
29 October 2019 Issue Number 136
  • US UPR prices steady, demand has been better than expected in October
  • European UPR prices stable-to-soft, demand remains surprisingly good
  • European phthalic anhydride prices firmer but US prices softer
  • US maleic prices steady despite higher n-butane, European prices are softening
  • Global styrene prices under pressure from weak demand and ample supply
  • US MPG prices up and European prices are also starting to firm

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Epoxy Resins & Co-Reactants
28 October 2019 Issue Number 037
  • Epoxy resins demand in Europe and US weak in October…
  • …but a reversal of fortunes could be on the cards
  • Arbitrage window opens for epoxy resins in China
  • ECH prices in China climb to record nine-year highs
  • Turnarounds and good LER demand force ECH prices up in China
  • Bisphenol A markets in Asia remain weak – PC demand still soft

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Polyester & Intermediates
24 October 2019 Issue Number 474
  • Weak demand and ample supply see paraxylene and PTA markets ease back globally
  • Indian projects join paraxylene and PTA capacities scheduled in the next 5 years
  • In the US, MEG is expected to firm in October-November amid high availability
  • The US polyester filament business remains strong in the weaving sector
  • Polyester staple producers in China are still concerned about sluggish demand
  • In India the PET resin industry continues to operate at 85-90% utilisation

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PET Packaging Resin
24 October 2019 Issue Number 276
  • Weak demand and ample supply see paraxylene and PTA markets ease back globally
  • Indian projects join paraxylene and PTA capacities scheduled in the next 5 years
  • In the US, MEG is expected to firm in October-November amid high availability
  • Ethylene contract moves up in the US and in Europe. Lower values seen in Asia
  • High volatility in MEG Asian values, which have fallen $100 to 540/ton cfr
  • In India the PET resin industry continues to operate at 85-90% utilisation

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Phthalates · Oxo-Alcohols
21 October 2019 Issue Number 454
  • US DOTP prices stable, DINP steady to slightly down in October
  • European plasticisers prices drop again on poor demand
  • US Oxo alcohols prices stable to soft in October
  • Oxo alcohols global supply remains long amid weak downstream demand
  • Plasticisers prices in China decrease after the holidays
  • Asian 2-EH prices remain under pressure on falling propylene and weak demand

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Orthoxylene · Phthalic Anhydride
18 October 2019 Issue Number 490
  • Upstream crude oil and gasoline volatility is supporting global mixed xylenes values
  • The US orthoxylene contract price for October settled at 40 c/lb, up 3 c/lb
  • The European contract price for September rolled over. October is unsettled
  • Asian orthoxylene prices under pressure from weak demand, supply still tight
  • Phthalic anhydride demand in Europe and the US is stable to soft
  • Chinese PA demand is weak and margins poor for orthoxylene-based producers

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Maleic Anhydride · 1,4-Butanediol
18 October 2019 Issue Number 342
  • US n-butane price firms further to around 60.00 c/gal in early October
  • CEPSA announces changes in ownership; reports suggest maleic to close
  • Ashland announces new CEO; no news on maleic plant sale
  • Huntsman completes purchase of remaining 50% of Sasol Huntsman
  • European maleic prices on downtrend with weak demand/lower feedstock costs
  • US maleic prices steady despite  higher n-butane pric

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Caustic Soda
18 October 2019 Issue Number 470
  • US pulp and paper market softens, affected by the US-China trade war
  • US spot export and contract prices continue to fall
  • Braskem sources say it is likely that plant will restart in the first half of 2020
  • European Q4 contracts settle at small decreases of $15/ton
  • Low priced Japanese cargoes disappear from market as prices increase
  • China liquid caustic soda prices increase due to reduced operating rates

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Phenol · Acetone & Derivatives
18 October 2019 Issue Number 298
  • US and Europe Q4 phenol adders settled at a rollover
  • Phenol prices in China down by Rmb800-900/ton in October
  • Imported phenol volumes to Europe are growing substantially
  • Acetone prices in China rise on growing demand – Europe values go up too
  • Chinese BPA prices jump in mid September but then settle down following holidays
  • Asian MMA market stable to soft, whilst turnarounds tighten Chinese supply

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