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Orthoxylene · Phthalic Anhydride
20 October 2020 Issue Number 502
  • Hurricane Sally related outages ended for mixed xylenes in the US
  • The US orthoxylene contract price for October increases to 29 c/lb
  • European orthoxylene plants operate at low rates
  • Orthoxylene contract prices in China remain stable for four months in a row
  • US and European phthalic anhydride demand climb back to pre-COVID levels
  • Chinese phthalic anhydride producers are reporting low inventory levels

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Phthalates · Oxo-Alcohols
21 October 2020 Issue Number 466
  • Plasticisers demand in the US stable, delayed price implementation reported
  • European plasticisers prices increase again in October as supply remains tight
  • European Oxo alcohols prices remain stable
  • Oxo alcohols spot in the US increase steady-to-firm in October
  • Plasticisers prices in China rebound after the holidays
  • Oxo alcohol prices in China increase further, on tight supply

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Phenol · Acetone & Derivatives
19 October 2020 Issue Number 310
  • Ineos declares FM on acetone from its Mobile plant due to poor phenol offtake
  • Acetone supply very tight in the US – AdvanSix announced a further 5 c/lb increase
  • Chinese acetone values volatile in October as supply tightens then loosens again
  • Acetone spot prices fall by €100/ton due to market correction
  • Turnarounds in Europe and strong export demand keep bisphenol A values high
  • A strong economic recovery in China gives the PC industry a boost

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Acrylic Acid & Acrylates
15 October 2020 Issue Number 354
  • US propylene contract price for September rolls over
  • European propylene contract price for October settles at a reduction of €12.50
  • US downstream demand for acrylates shows further improvements in October
  • Acrylates prices firmer in Europe due to a number of outages; BA is particularly bullish
  • Evonik plans to carve out SAP and acrylic acid business
  • Asian acrylic acid and acrylates prices soar in October on tighter supply and improved demand

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Bio-Materials & Intermediates
13 October 2020 Issue Number 086
  • Special Report: Sustainable aviation fuel projects continue amid COVID-19 crisis
  • Borealis, Borouge and ITOCHU to collaborate in renewable PP development and sales
  • Chinese succinic acid supply still remains tight
  • ChainCraft plans to scale-up its fermentation-based fatty acids derived from food waste
  • Sironix Renewables to scale-up its oleofuran surfactant production with recently-closed seed funding
  • Several major producers announced capacity expansions for PLA and PHA

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Acetic Acid · Vinyl Acetate
7 October 2020 Issue Number 397
  • Global acetyls prices increase late Q3 on firmer market balances
  • US Gulf Coast producers proceeding with busy turnaround slate
  • European Commission places ADDs on Chinese PVOH imports
  • Methanol contract, spot prices continue upward during September
  • South Korea’s Lotte BP completes VAM capacity expansion work
  • Europe market participants cautious on COVID-19, Brexit concerns

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Polyurethanes & Intermediates
6 October 2020 Issue Number 299
  • Dow declares force majeure on US MDI
  • Significant price rises for European MDI/TDI
  • Covestro starts TDI turnaround in Europe
  • Some PO/MPG plants in the US still running at lower rates
  • US MDI/TDI/polyols prices increase significantly
  • Upcoming turnarounds will tighten European MPG supply
  • European polyether polyols supply tightens on soaring demand

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Fibres & Intermediates
30 September 2020 Issue Number 433
  • Acrylic fibre supply remains long in China despite turnarounds
  • Chinese tyrecord demand improves as industrial output moves ahead
  • The Chinese market for polyester filament is steady as the peak season approaches
  • Demand for polyester staple in nonwovens continues to be strong in Europe
  • European polypropylene fibre demand remains strong in the medical and hygiene sector
  • Viscose staple demand continues to be slow in the European textile sector

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Engineering Thermoplastics
30 September 2020 Issue Number 146
  • Polyamide polymer markets show signs of recovery in all regions
  • US PC market tightens after Covestro force majeure declaration
  • Asian polyacetal prices firm in September
  • PBT markets improve in US and Asia; Europe slower restart
  • US hurricanes impact logistics for ABS, although plants not affected
  • ABS pricing firms in US and Asia based on better demand

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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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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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