Market Highlights

Phenol · Acetone & Derivatives
16 April 2019 Issue Number 292
  • Phenol snug in the US as supply is constrained – adders go up
  • European phenol production rates are under pressure from low acetone values
  • US acetone could improve after ADD investigation is given approval
  • Chinese acetone prices hit lowest level in 20 years
  • Bisphenol A in US hit by phenol supply disruptions
  • Oversupply, poor demand continue to put Chinese PC prices under pressure

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Acetic Acid · Vinyl Acetate
11 April 2019 Issue Number 379
  • China acetic acid export prices decrease to $395-405/ton fob in late March
  • Europe acetic acid consumers pushing for decreases in Q2 contract prices
  • US VAM producers facing busy turnaround schedule beginning in Q2
  • Celanese places North/South America VAM consumers on sales control
  • Fire at storage facility along Houston Ship Channel disrupts market logistics
  • US Gulf Coast, EU methanol contract prices settled at rollover in April, Q2

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Acrylic Acid & Acrylates
10 April 2019 Issue Number 336
  • Dow implements sales control on BA and GAA in the US
  • US BA, GAA and MMA lead times increase in April due to logistics issues
  • Differential between US and European propylene widening further in April
  • European acrylates market demand remains subdued in April
  • Chinese AA producers forced to cut production in April after explosion in Jiangsu province
  • Asian MMA market prices fall again in April on sluggish demand

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Polyurethanes & Intermediates
10 April 2019 Issue Number 281
  • Price increases announcement for European MDI
  • Political issues affecting US and European price discussions
  • European and US BDO Q2 pricing discussions ongoing
  • Polyols demand weak as European economies struggle
  • Upcoming turnarounds could tighten PO supply
  • TDI price hikes announcements take place in the US

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Bio-Materials & Intermediates
9 April 2019 Issue Number 068
  • Special Report: CCU chemicals and fuels are making inroads
  • Avantium to build bio-MEG demo plant in Chemie Park Delfzijl
  • BP partners with Virent, Johnson Matthey on bio-paraxylene production
  • China’s chemical plant explosion drives ECH price higher
  • Renewable Energy Group plans to sell its Life Sciences business unit
  • Bearish price sentiment lingers in Asian refined glycerine markets

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Fibres & Intermediates
29 March 2019 Issue Number 415
  • Chinese acrylic fibre producers cut production due to high feedstock costs
  • The polyester filament market in China strengthens following the holiday period
  • Polyester staple volumes in Europe are increasing due to nonwoven demand
  • Chinese polyamide filament demand weakens with rising prices
  • European textile polyamide filament markets quiet in March
  • US polypropylene fibre markets weaken

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Engineering Thermoplastics
29 March 2019 Issue Number 128
  • European PA 6 polymer prices ease lower on supply length
  • Polyamide 66 resin prices decrease on weaker demand in Q1
  • ABS prices in West Europe increase on higher feedstock levels
  • US PBT resin market maintains firm supply/demand balance
  • China polycarbonate market awaiting start-up of new plants in 2019
  • Europe polyacetal resin market looking for demand boost in Q2

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Polyamide & Intermediates
29 March 2019 Issue Number 467
  • European PA 6 polymer prices ease lower on supply length
  • Asia caprolactam market prices increase despite weak PA 6
  • Polyamide 66 resin prices decrease on weaker demand in Q1
  • US, EU phenol prices expected to increase on tight supplies
  • Chinese polyamide filament demand weakens with rising prices
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Chlorine & Derivatives
29 March 2018 Issue Number 463
  • Chlorine price increases announced for next quarter
  • Chlorine prices in China weaken on increased supply
  • Asian EDC prices steady amid slow demand
  • European PVC prices increase in line with ethylene despite higher announcements
  • Asian PVC prices slide lower on the back of Formosa’s announcement for April
  • TDI prices continue to decline in all regions

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Epoxy Resins & Co-Reactants
29 March 2019 Issue Number 031
  • LER prices jump by Rmb1000/ton after explosion at Chinese chemical plant
  • US and European LER values feel upward pressure from feedstock costs
  • Rising phenol prices start to erode BPA margins in all regions
  • Asian turnaround season tightens ECH supply but this is made worse by…
  • …Haili’s only ECH operating plant shut by Jiangsu plant fire
  • ECH prices leap by Rmb1000/ton in last week of March

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Maleic Anhydride · 1,4-Butanediol
26 March 2019 Issue Number 335
  • European maleic production issues taking place still
  • US maleic market stability continues
  • China’s domestic maleic market in turnaround season
  • Healthy demand for UP resin in both the US and Europe
  • US and European BDO Q2 pricing discussions to begin
  • Chinese PBT market still sluggish after the Lantern Festival

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Unsaturated Polyester Resins
26 March 2019 Issue Number 129
  • US UPR prices steady but increases announced for April.  Demand is stable.
  • European UPR prices up and further increases announced for next month
  • Phthalic anhydride prices continue to climb in the US and Europe
  • European maleic anhydride production issues ongoing, US market is stable
  • Global styrene prices firm, maintenance turnarounds imminent in Q2
  • MPG and DEG prices softer again, no supply issues reported


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Polyester & Intermediates
21 March 2019 Issue Number 467
  • Paraxylene markets lack direction, as contract prices increase but spot markets decline
  • PTA prices also volatile, with demand for PET in Europe and fibres in China still uncertain
  • Limited output tightens MEG in the US with stable prices.  Hikes expected for April
  • The polyester filament market in China strengthens following the holiday period
  • Polyester staple volumes in Europe are strengthening due to nonwoven demand
  • In North America traditional spring restocking of PET hit by weak carpet demand

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Ethylene Glycols • EO & EODs
21 March 2019 Issue Number 370
  • Ethylene up €30/ton in Europe; down 0.75 c/lb in the US; falls of $120/ton in Asia
  • Asian MEG values rise to $650/ton cfr amid better demand but very high inventories
  • Limited output tightens MEG in the US but prices stable; hikes expected for April
  • MEG balanced in Europe. First March deal agreed at 775€/ton, but ECP yet unsettled
  • Global ethanolamines prices stable-to-firm. Markets for MEA and DEA tighten
  • DEG prices stable at low levels in all regions. TEG values soften slightly

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PET Packaging Resin
21 March 2019 Issue Number 269
  • Paraxylene markets lack direction: contract prices rise, spot markets fall
  • PTA prices volatile: uncertain demand for PET in Europe and fibres in China
  • Limited output tightens MEG in US. Prices stable but hikes expected in April
  • Ethylene up €30/ton in Europe, down 0.75 c/lb in US. Drops of $120/ton in Asia
  • Asia MEG cfr values rise to $650/ton amid better demand but high inventories
  • In North America traditional spring restocking of PET hit by weak carpet demand

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Caustic Soda
20 March 2019 Issue Number 463
  • US producers have announced increases between $50-80/short ton
  • Brazilian chlor-alkali producers further reduce their spot prices
  • Northwest Europe spot prices fall again in March
  • Imports into India continue to be hampered by the BIS certificate issue
  • Tosoh announce Yokkaichi plant was shut down from 20 to 28 February
  • Chinese government announce lower VAT rates from 16% to 13%

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Phthalates · Oxo-Alcohols
18 March 2019 Issue Number 447
  • US plasticisers prices remain mostly stable in March
  • European C9/C10 plasticisers mostly rollover in March
  • US 2-EH prices decrease slightly on lower upstream prices
  • European Oxo prices stable despite higher propylene
  • Chinese plasticisers prices slid lower on lower 2-EH prices
  • Chinese government cuts VAT tariffs for Oxo alcohols to boost exports

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Orthoxylene · Phthalic Anhydride
15 March 2019 Issue Number 483
  • Global mixed xylenes prices still firm, US and European supply improving
  • US OX contract price for February jumps 5 c/lb to 43 c/lb
  • European OX contract price for March yet to settle
  • Asian OX market supply feeling tighter, prices for March increase
  • European PA prices up again, orthoxylene tightness starting to cause issues
  • Asian PA prices softer and supply is long for now but could tighten in April

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