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Polyamide & Intermediates
29 September 2020 Issue Number 485
  • Polyamide 6, caprolactam prices edge higher in Europe, North America
  • European adipic acid market prices increase €40/ton in September
  • China polyamide 66 engineering resin prices, demand increase
  • China’s Zhejiang Petrochemical achieves on-spec phenol output
  • Tyrecord demand in China improves as industrial output moves ahead
  • Taiwan’s CPDC purchases local PA 6 polymer producer Chainlon
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Ethylene Glycols • EO & EODs
29 September 2020 Issue Number 388
  • Ethylene firms $100/ton in China, stable in Europe, up 2.25 c/lb in the US
  • MEG China around $470/ton cfr amid stable demand and new domestic production
  • Tight MEG market in Europe. ECP not settled for September, fca above €700/ton
  • Only 35% of MEG capacity operating in the US; Force majeure on MEG and PET
  • Ethanolamine tightens in the US, balances in Europe and Asia. Prices firm globally
  • TEG market is long with weak demand. DEG balanced globally, but tight in the US

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Chlorine & Derivatives
29 September 2020 Issue Number 481
  • Asian EDC prices surge on tight supply
  • China starts an antidumping investigation on US PVC imports
  • US PVC supply remains very tight on production issues after the hurricanes
  • Asian PVC prices soar in global tight supply
  • European PVC prices jump on tight supply
  • Vinnolit will shut its PVC plant at Schkopau, Germany

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Unsaturated Polyester Resins
28 September 2020 Issue Number 146
  • US UPR demand steady at decent levels, price increases announced for October
  • European UPR prices and margins stable, demand continues to improve
  • Chinese UPR prices firmer and demand also improved in September
  • European Maleic anhydride supply remains tight
  • Global styrene prices relatively stable despite ongoing outages
  • Phthalic anhydride prices softer in the US but firmer in Europe. Asian prices mixed.

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Epoxy Resins & Co-Reactants
25 September 2020 Issue Number 048
  • Hexion and Olin announce epoxy resins price increases for October
  • European and US LER prices roll over in September
  • Chinese LER prices significantly increase on strong demand and rising feedstocks
  • Hexion announces 2 c/lb increase on BPA from 1 October
  • Chinese BPA values climb due to tight supply and new polycarbonate capacities
  • ECH values in China soften as increased operating rates improve availability

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Caustic Soda
25 September 2020 Issue Number 481
  • US contract prices fall by $15/ton in August
  • In Brazil, local production of caustic soda remains low
  • Maintenance in Northwest Europe causes tightness and lack of exports
  • South Korean and Japanese exporters had to cut offers to $180-190/ton fob
  • Formosa Plastics restarts its 1,300 ktpa caustic soda plant
  • Chinese producers prefer to sell in the domestic China market

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PET Packaging Resin
24 September 2020 Issue Number 287
  • Polyester chain producers struggle with supply/demand and inventory issues
  • Start-up issues at Yizheng mitigate PIA over-supply and price competition
  • MEG China around $470/ton cfr amid stable demand and new domestic production
  • Ethylene firms up $100/ton in China, stable in Europe, up 2.25 c/lb in the US
  • Tight MEG market in Europe. ECP not settled for September, fca above €700/ton
  • Hurricane Laura causes PET trade flows to be are reorganised in North America

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Polyester & Intermediates
24 September 2020 Issue Number 485
  • Polyester chain producers struggle with supply/demand and inventory issues
  • Start-up issues at Yizheng mitigate PIA over-supply and price competition
  • MEG China around $470/ton cfr amid stable demand and new domestic production
  • The market in China for polyester filament is steady as the peak season approaches
  • Demand for polyester staple in nonwovens continues to be strong in West Europe
  • Hurricane Laura causes PET trade flows to be are reorganised in North America

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Phthalates · Oxo-Alcohols
22 September 2020 Issue Number 465
  • US plasticisers producers announce further price increases
  • European plasticisers prices jump in September on ongoing supply limitations
  • US Oxo alcohol producers announce price increases
  • Oxo alcohols spot prices in Europe recover some ground on tight supply
  • DINP and DOP Chinese prices recover some ground, DOTP remains stable
  • Oxo alcohol prices in China recover on higher propylene prices

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Phenol · Acetone & Derivatives
21 September 2020 Issue Number 309
  • US producers announce 4-5 c/lb increase on September’s acetone
  • Zhejiang Petrochemical starts huge phenol/acetone plant in China
  • Chinese acetone prices jump by Rmb2000/ton in September
  • Hexion announces 2 c/lb increase on BPA from 1 October
  • Chinese BPA prices surge based on pre-holiday buying and tight supply
  • Chinese MMA market bullish on higher feedstock costs

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Orthoxylene · Phthalic Anhydride
18 September 2020 Issue Number 501
  • Mixed xylenes output impacted by Hurricane Laura as units taken offline
  • The US orthoxylene contract price for September increases to 27c/lb
  • European orthoxylene contract price settled €2.50/ton lower at €557.50/ton
  • Orthoxylene demand in China remains stable and healthy
  • US and European phthalic anhydride demand continues to improve
  • China naphthalene-based phthalic anhydride supply is tight amid turnarounds

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Maleic Anhydride · 1,4-Butanediol
16 September 2020 Issue Number 353
  • AOC to purchase Ashland’s Neal, West Virginia, maleic plant for $100 million
  • N-butane prices worldwide stabilise lending stability to maleic pricing
  • European maleic prices respond to supply issues by rising in spot market
  • BDO and PBT markets rise with automotive recovery, globally
  • UPR sees steady recovery in US but construction recovery is key to more robust growth
  • In Europe, UPR demand comes back but fears of a second wave limit outlook


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Polyurethanes & Intermediates
10 September 2020 Issue Number 298
  • Borsodchem MDI plant to go back online mid September
  • Covestro lifts force majeure at European MDI plant
  • Covestro TDI turnaround in Europe to take place in September
  • Indorama declares force majeure at PO/MPG plants in the US
  • US MDI/TDI/polyols reported to be running after hurricane Laura
  • BASF lifts force majeure at Geismar TDI plant
  • Further price hikes for US MDI, TDI and polyols announced

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Acrylic Acid & Acrylates
11 September 2020 Issue Number 353
  • US propylene contract price increased further in August by 3.5c/lb
  • European propylene contract rolls over in September
  • Tasnee’s BA production in Saudi Arabia down from late August
  • Indian BA prices up by $50-100/ton on tighter supply; activity remains subdued
  • Chinese acrylic acid and acrylate demand up both for domestic and export markets
  • Chinese MMA market bullish on higher feedstock costs

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Bio-Materials & Intermediates
11 September 2020 Issue Number 085
  • Special Report: Biotech companies explore the growing fragrance and pest control markets
  • Lousy export demand for Chinese sebacic acid in 1H 2020
  • LCY Biosciences sees good demand this year for bio-succinic acid in PBS market
  • Global fatty acid demand remains weak
  • B&F Lactic Acid started lactic acid production in China
  • CHEMICAL PROFILE: MALONIC ACID

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Acetic Acid · Vinyl Acetate
11 September 2020 Issue Number 396
  • Improved sentiment lends support to acetyls markets during Q3
  • China acetic acid market prices stable amid slow demand recovery
  • Europe VAM prices increase in August after woeful period in 2020
  • US VAM supplies tighten ahead of upcoming plant turnarounds
  • Europe ethyl acetate market prices stabilise after recent sharp declines
  • Spot methanol prices in the US Gulf, Europe strengthen during August

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Engineering Thermoplastics
28 August 2020 Issue Number 145
  • Demand for automotive markets globally improves modestly
  • PBT in the US remains weak as COVID-19 continues to quash demand
  • ABS heads into low season in Asia
  • Acrylonitrile supply increased after Zhejiang Petrochemical commissioned its new plant in Asia
  • Dow released earnings on 23 July with losses except in health and hygiene
  • Celanese to consolidate compounding operations in Europe

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Fibres & Intermediates
28 August 2020 Issue Number 432
  • Polyester filament producers in China maintain high utilisation rates
  • Demand for polyester staple in apparel in West Europe remains weak
  • US polyamide fibre market participants seeking clarity for Q3-Q4 demand
  • Acrylic fibre values withstand downward pressure from falling feedstock costs and remain stable
  • Good demand and rising feedstocks keep polypropylene fibre prices stable to strong in all regions
  • Demand for home textiles has strengthened due to home office refurbishments

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