Market Highlights

Acetic Acid · Vinyl Acetate
12 December 2018 Issue Number 375
  • US acetic acid production holding steady after year of turmoil
  • China domestic acetic acid prices fluctuate during November
  • Europe VAM prices slide lower on seasonal demand issues
  • Low Rhine River levels cause widespread disruption in Q4
  • Methanol prices under pressure in all regions during November
  • AccsyBrent, WTI crude prices slump in November on macro concerns

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Acrylic Acid & Acrylates
6 December 2018 Issue Number 332
  • US propylene contract for November down 10c/lb
  • European propylene contract for December settles down €100/ton
  • Rhine water levels begin to rise in early December
  • Lower propylene weighs on US and European acrylic acid and acrylates prices
  • BASF Ludwigshafen lifts BA and EA force majeure, but 2-EHA remains affected
  • Chinese acrylic acid and acrylates prices soften in November, but see rebound in early December


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Bio-Materials & Intermediates
6 December 2018 Issue Number 064
  • Special Report: US renewable diesel production expands to meet California’s LCFS
  • NREL researchers proceed with phase two bio-ACN development
  • Neste, Clariant partner on bio-ethylene and bio-propylene commercialisation
  • Cathay Industrial Biotech inaugurates new bio-polyamide production facility in Xinjiang
  • Chinese bio-based succinic acid producer started export in Q3
  • Unilever, Bio-on collaborate on PHA-based microplastics use
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Polyurethanes & Intermediates
5 December 2018 Issue Number 277
  • INEOS to buy Ashland’s resin business, including BDO plant at Marl
  • Rhine water levels halt TDI production at BASF
  • Wanhua’s new MDI plant to be built in Convent, Louisiana
  • US Polyols prices stabilise, no further price announcements
  • Middle East & Africa TDI prices stabilising
  • China TDI prices wobbly after BASF stops TDI production in Germany

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Fibres & Intermediates
30 November 2018 Issue Number 411
  • Chinese paraxylene and PTA prices lower on falling crude and polyester demand concerns
  • In China, demand for polyester staple remains weak and market sentiment poor
  • European polyester fibre markets weaken
  • Chinese acrylic fibre producers report better margins but little demand
  • Raw material weakness and seasonal impacts slow polyamide filament demand in Asia
  • US textile polyamide filament demand good with price pre-buying evident

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Polyamide & Intermediates
29 November 2018 Issue Number 463
  • Asia, China caprolactam/PA 6 prices decrease sharply in November
  • Low Rhine River levels disrupt EU PA 6/PA 66 markets in November
  • Global PA 66 polymer markets remain tight, but Asia prices ease lower
  • US textile polyamide filament demand good with price pre-buying evident
  • Benzene price slump putting pressure on polyamide value chains
  • Raw material weakness, seasonal impacts slow filament demand in Asia
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Ethylene Glycols • EO & EODs
29 November 2018 Issue Number 366
  • EO prices stable-to-soft globally. Further decreases expected following crude oil
  • Crude oil and weakness for polyester leads China’s MEG values below $700/ton cfr
  • Sizeable correction for MEG in the US amid ample supply and low Asian values
  • MEG ECP confirmed at €999/ton for October and at €925/ton for November
  • DEG prices drop globally, following MEG. Stable prices remain for TEG
  • Ethanolamine values stable in Europe and the US, but down slightly in China

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Chlorine & Derivatives
28 November 2018 Issue Number 459
  • Chlorine prices in China slump on improved supply
  • Asian EDC prices move higher on tight supply
  • European PVC prices remain stable in November, Vestolit declares force majeure
  • Asian PVC prices recover slightly, following Formosa’s announcement
  • China’s Wanhua new 300 ktpa TDI plant ready
  • ECH producer Shandong Haili has been fined for breaching Chinese environmental regulations

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Unsaturated Polyester Resins
27 November 2018 Issue Number 125
  • US UPR prices flat, demand stable but expected to be softer after Thanksgiving
  • European UPR prices down, demand better than expected for some
  • INEOS sign agreement to buy Ashland’s composites business for $1.1 billion
  • US maleic prices remain stable for November after increasing in October
  • Global styrene prices down again as supply length builds
  • DEG prices weaker in both Europe and US


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Epoxy Resins & Co-Reactants
27 November 2018 Issue Number 027
  • November LER European prices stable but December prices could soften
  • SER prices in the US drop 2 c/lb due to lower-priced imported material
  • US BPA prices remain resilient to global declines in November
  • BPA prices in Europe continue to slide and have yet to find a floor
  • Shandong Haili fined for breaching Chinese environmental regulations
  • ECH values jump in China before softening again on news that Haili can restart

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Polyester & Intermediates
23 November 2018 Issue Number 463
  • Paraxylene and PTA prices lower on falling crude oil values and polyester demand concerns
  • Delays to Chinese paraxylene capacity give producers optimism – but only if demand holds
  • Brent drop and weakness of polyester led China's MEG values to $700/ton cfr
  • Alok Industries in India brings forward maintenance due to weak demand
  • In China, demand for polyester staple remains weak and market sentiment poor
  • Demand for PET in North America for bottles continues as flooring market slows

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PET Packaging Resin
22 November 2018 Issue Number 265
  • Paraxylene and PTA prices lower on falling crude oil values and polyester demand concerns
  • Delays to Chinese paraxylene capacity give producers optimism – but only if demand holds
  • Brent drop and weakness of polyester led China’s MEG values to $700/ton cfr
  • Sizeable correction of MEG in the US amid ample supply and low Asian values
  • MEG ECP confirmed at €999/ton for October and at €925/ton for November
  • Demand for PET in North America for bottles continues but flooring market slows

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Phenol · Acetone & Derivatives
21 November 2018 Issue Number 287
  • Adder offers for US Q1 contracts could see increases of 5-7 c/lb above benzene
  • Phenol prices in China soften due to a slowdown in year-end demand
  • Phenol supply in Europe tightens after Ineos declares force majeure
  • European acetone has seen prices increase after Ineos FM
  • BPA prices in Europe continue to slide and have yet to find a floor
  • Polycarbonate prices in China slip for the seventh consecutive month

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Engineering Thermoplastics
19 November 2018 Issue Number 124
  • Asia, China polyamide 6 prices tumble lower in November
  • Low Rhine River levels cause havoc in PA 66 value chain
  • Europe polycarbonate resin demand weakens in November
  • BASF, Kolon start-up new joint venture POM unit in South Korea
  • Celanese issues sales control for POM resin on production woes
  • Weaker feedstock prices putting pressure on global ABS values

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Acrylonitrile · Acrylic Fibre
19 November 2018 Issue Number 463
  • China acrylonitrile spot prices fell by over Rmb5000/ton
  • Global acrylonitrile prices followed weakening Asian prices
  • Propylene prices in US and Europe continue dropping
  • Weakening demand and poor margin bother ABS producers
  • Chinese acrylic fibre producers report better margins but little demand
  • US acrylic spun yarn demand has weakened in response to ample supply

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Phthalates · Oxo-Alcohols
16 November 2018 Issue Number 443
  • US DOTP prices steady in November but DINP move up
  • European C9/C10 plasticisers supply tightens sharply, prices surge
  • European NBA prices steady to slightly up, 2-EH stable to soft
  • US Oxo alcohol prices steady to slightly down
  • Chinese plasticisers prices slump, on falling feedstocks and weak demand
  • Oxo alcohols prices in China slid lower, steeper decreases reported for n-butanol

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Caustic Soda
15 November 2018 Issue Number 459
  • The Brazilian court has upheld the 50% partial shutdown at Alunorte
  • US spot export prices fall further after a sharp price drop in October
  • US sanctions deadline for Rusal extended further to 7 January
  • Northeast Asian producers lower operating rates amid bearish market
  • Indian importers face difficulty importing due to the BIS certificate issue
  • Chinese domestic prices slipped but remained at high levels

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Orthoxylene · Phthalic Anhydride
14 November 2018 Issue Number 479
  • Global mixed xylenes prices have followed upstream energy prices down
  • US OX contract price for November decreased by 2 c/lb to 46 c/lb
  • European OX contract price for November declines by €20/ton to €870/ton
  • Asian OX supply still tight, prices are weaker due to softer upstream values
  • European PA market seasonally softer, prices are starting to decline
  • Asian PA prices edge down, downstream demand is softer

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Maleic Anhydride · 1,4-Butanediol
13 November 2018 Issue Number 331
  • Rhine water levels plunge to 37 cm at Kaub, Germany
  • BDO prices in Europe and US roll over for November
  • Bartek Ingredients sold to Canadian private equity firm, Torquest
  • US maleic prices remain stable for November after increase in October
  • North American n-butane prices soften as crude loses its upside
  • UPR prices in Europe soften, volumes in October better than September

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