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PET Packaging Resin
23 August 2019 Issue Number 274
  • Paraxylene and PTA prices move lower in all regions as demand stay weak
  • India imposes anti-dumping duty on PTA imports from South Korea and Thailand
  • Ethylene moved up by €10/ton in Europe, 0.75 c/lb in US and $80/ton in Asia
  • MEG Europe ECP fall €35 to €635/ton. Lower spot values, but higher ethylene
  • MEG stable in the US, with high production, good demand and growing exports
  • PET packaging resin consumption in China remains high as customers build stocks

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Polyester & Intermediates
23 August 2019 Issue Number 472
  • Paraxylene and PTA prices move lower in all regions as demand and feedstocks stay weak
  • India imposes anti-dumping duty on PTA imports from South Korea and Thailand for five years
  • MEG stable in the US, with high production, good demand and growing exports
  • Market sentiment in China for polyester filament improves to some extent
  • Business sentiment in West Europe for polyester staple remains very weak
  • PET packaging resin consumption in China remains high as customers build stocks

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Phthalates · Oxo-Alcohols
20 August 2019 Issue Number 452
  • US plasticisers prices remain stable in August
  • European plasticisers prices drop on sluggish demand and ample supply
  • US Oxo alcohol prices stable to soft in August
  • European oxo alcohols market enters its summer lull, the spot market remains thin
  • Plasticisers prices in China retreat again on falling 2-EH numbers
  • Asian n-butanol prices recover on tighter supply

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Caustic Soda
20 August 2019 Issue Number 468
  • US spot market remains quiet while contract prices roll over
  • BraUnipar runs at very low rate due to ethylene supply cuts from Dow
  • Brazil continues to import substantial volumes due to the Braskem outage
  • Concerns over low water levels on the Rhine due to a heatwave
  • Southeast Asian prices weak amid thin demand and ample supply
  • Chinese solid export prices stable-to-soft owing to weak demand

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Orthoxylene · Phthalic Anhydride
15 August 2019 Issue Number 488
  • Global mixed xylenes values decline as crude oil prices tumble
  • The US orthoxylene contract price for August settles at 41 c/lb, down 2 c/lb
  • The August orthoxylene contract price for West Europe remains unsettled
  • Asian orthoxylene discussions thin, prices down and demand is unexceptional
  • European phthalic anhydride prices unsettled, demand is seasonally softer
  • Asian PA prices down again and demand remains lacklustre

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Maleic Anhydride · 1,4-Butanediol
14 August 2019 Issue Number 340
  • US n-butane price falls to 47.00 c/gal in early August
  • European butanes price falls sharply to around 50% of naphtha
  • US BDO third quarter pricing settles down
  • European BDO pricing declines for the third consecutive quarter
  • UPR markets continue to weaken as downstream softens
  • Asian maleic anhydride prices soften as demand slows

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Phenol · Acetone & Derivatives
12 August 2019 Issue Number 296
  • Preliminary ADDs are imposed on US acetone imports from Singapore and Spain
  • Falling benzene values continue to put downward pressure on US phenol prices
  • Spot phenol business dries up in Europe due to low seasonal demand
  • Asian acetone prices increase as manufacturers reduce production
  • Low-priced imports and soft demand weigh down on bisphenol A markets in all regions
  • Asian MMA prices soften again on slow demand and oversupply

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Acrylic Acid & Acrylates
12 August 2019 Issue Number 340
  • US propylene contract for July settles up by 1.5c/lb
  • European propylene settles at rollover for August
  • US BA spot prices largely stable in August
  • European acrylic acid contract prices decrease despite stable feedstocks
  • Chinese AA and acrylates market rebounds after prices fell to a two-year low in June 
  • Evonik’s sale of its MMA business to Advent International finalised

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Acetic Acid · Vinyl Acetate
9 August 2019 Issue Number 383
  • China acetic acid prices increase after fatal explosion at Henan Yima
  • US VAM supplies kept in check as production problems persist in July
  • Europe ethyl acetate prices rebound in late July on tighter supplies
  • European Commission opens PVOH anti-dumping inquiry against China
  • US methanol prices slump to three-year lows on ample supplies in Q3
  • Methanex moving forward with plans for third Louisiana methanol plant

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Bio-Materials & Intermediates
8 August 2019 Issue Number 072
  • Special Report: More R&D activities open up lignin's chemical feedstock potential
  • Ayas Renewables to build a commercial bio-MPG facility in the Gulf Coast
  • Sumatra Biorenewables seeks partners to commercialise 3-hexenedioic acid
  • Pyran receives funding for 1,5 pentanediol development
  • Weak palm oil prices drag down fatty alcohols market in Asia and Europe
  • Bio-on stocks slumped from damaging report by US-based asset management firm

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Polyurethanes & Intermediates
8 August 2019 Issue Number 285
  • European TDI prices continue to firm on lower supply
  • US BDO Q3 pricing settles lower
  • European BDO pricing declines for the third consecutive quarter 
  • Rhine water levels low after heatwave
  • Borsodchem’s annual MDI and TDI turnarounds ongoing
  • Automotive sector weakness continues to weaken markets

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Fibres & Intermediates
31 July 2019 Issue Number 419
  • Lower acrylonitrile costs drag European acrylic fibre costs down
  • Chinese polyamide fibre values rise in line with higher feedstock costs
  • Polyester filament demand soft in all regions
  • Oversupply in Chinese polypropylene fibre market keep prices depressed
  • US staple fibre manufacturers almost sold out due to strong spun yarns demand
  • Viscose staple prices steady in Europe but have risen in the US

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Engineering Thermoplastics
31 July 2019 Issue Number 132
  • Polyamide 6 prices ease lower in US, Europe despite higher benzene costs
  • PA 66 engineering resin prices in China, Asia slump further during July
  • Poor demand continues to hamper European polycarbonate industry
  • China polyacetal resin prices decrease further during July on weak demand
  • Sluggish downstream demand puts pressure on North America market
  • European PBT market little changed in July amid stable supply, weak demand

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Polyamide & Intermediates
30 July 2019 Issue Number 471
  • China polyamide 6 prices lifted in July by increased feedstock values
  • Europe caprolactam producers remain cautious regarding demand in Q3
  • Polyamide 66 markets languishing in response to auto industry slump
  • Global tyrecord markets feeling impact of softer automobile sales
  • Butachimie turnaround delayed slightly to late September: sources
  • New joint venture company planning adiponitrile plant in China
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Chlorine & Derivatives
30 July 2018 Issue Number 467
  • Formosa announce decreases in PVC prices for August
  • Asian EDC prices slump on increasing availability
  • SCE Chemicals will build a new chlor alkali plant in Morocco
  • US PVC export prices under pressure
  • European PVC prices fall but no as much as ethylene
  • Crude MDI prices stabilising in Europe and the US

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Unsaturated Polyester Resins
29 July 2019 Issue Number 133
  • US UPR prices flat to down a little, market fundamentals remain soft
  • European prices down. Demand is mixed, down for some but better for others
  • European and US phthalic anhydride prices have been softer in July
  • US maleic prices for July undetermined as n-butane prices slide
  • European styrene prices starting to firm, US and Asian prices largely stable
  • European and US MPG decreased this month. DEG prices have also softened

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Ethylene Glycols • EO & EODs
26 July 2019 Issue Number 374
  • Ethylene down €75/ton in Europe and 0.75 c/lb in the US, but slightly up in Asia
  • Asian MEG values stable at $535/ton cfr amid lower inventory but soft demand
  • Resumed MEG output lengthens the US market. Prices down 1 c/lb and exports high
  • July MEG ECP settled at €670/ton amid improved demand but high availability
  • Stable prices for ethanolamines in US. Falls in Europe and increases in China
  • Global DEG values stable at low levels. TEG values soften in Europe and the US

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Epoxy Resins & Co-Reactants
26 July 2019 Issue Number 034
  • Imported material is putting downward pressure on US epoxy resin prices
  • European LER values come down sharply in July due to Asian low-priced material
  • Bisphenol A demand soft in all regions – spot prices under downward pressure
  • Tight supply pushed ECH prices in Asia up by $100/ton
  • Lotte in S Korea suffers 3-4 days’ production problems at its ECH plant
  • In China, ECH prices are more than $850/ton above January levels

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