Market Highlights

Acetic Acid · Vinyl Acetate
10 August 2018 Issue Number 371
  • BP re-starts Texas City, Texas, acetic acid plant in July
  • DowDuPont resumes production at Texas VAM unit
  • China’s acetic acid prices slump, then ease higher in July
  • Eastman signs acetic acid supply agreement deal with BP
  • Celanese selling its acetic acid-based ethanol unit, technology
  • August US methanol contracts see first decrease in five months

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Acrylic Acid & Acrylates
9 August 2018 Issue Number 328
  • US propylene contract for July rolls over whilst European contract rises €8/ton
  • European 2-EH and n-butanol availability better this month
  • European acrylic acid and acrylates market stable in August
  • Low Rhine water levels impact European logistics due to high temperatures
  • Chinese acrylic acid and acrylates operating rates increase to 70-75%
  • MMA supply in China curtailed this month by a number of maintenance shutdowns


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Bio-Materials & Intermediates
8 August 2018 Issue Number 060
  • Special Report: Sleeping Giant, FDCA, Still Pretty Groggy
  • Braskem starts bio-EVA resin production from sugarcane ethanol
  • Biochemtex, Beta Renewables will be auctioned in September
  • Cathay Industrial Biotech starts bio-1,5 PDA facility in China
  • US fatty acid price firms on higher tallow costs
  • Chemical Profile: Caprolactam

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Polyurethanes & Intermediates
8 August 2018 Issue Number 273
  • BASF’s Ludwigshafen TDI plant restarts production
  • Worldwide TDI supply lengthens
  • Borsodchem’s MDI plant offline to expand capacity
  • Pure MDI prices in Europe increase again
  • Chinese BDO prices on a downward trend
  • Rhine water levels affecting chemicals transportation

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Fibres & Intermediates
31 July 2018 Issue Number 407
  • Shandong Haili in China plans to start up its acrylonitrile and ABS plants soon
  • Improving Chinese acrylic fibre margins yielding increased production and stocks
  • Ascend declares FM on PA 66 polymer following fire in early July
  • China’s polyamide filament demand, pricing steady despite increasing costs
  • Mexican fire the latest ‘hit’ for PTA output
  • Higher raw material costs in China spark increased polyester staple sales

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Polyamide & Intermediates
31 July 2018 Issue Number 459
  • Ascend declares FM on PA 66 polymer following fire in early July
  • Compounds, industrial fibres also impacted by Ascend’s FM
  • US, Europe polyamide 6 polymer prices keep to stable trend in July
  • China caprolactam prices increase during July on tight supplies
  • Global adipic acid prices mixed amid lower output for PA 66 polymer
  • China’s filament demand, pricing steady despite increasing costs
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Polyester & Intermediates
27 July 2018 Issue Number 459
  • US and European MX values decreasing as crude and gasoline slide
  • Mexican fire the latest ‘hit’ for PTA output.  Asian margins improve
  • Chinese MEG values move close to $900/ton cfr, expected to remain stable
  • In Western Europe, demand for polyester filament weakens as holidays loom
  • Higher raw material costs in China spark increased polyester staple sales
  • PET resin producers in West Europe increase output as PTA supply improves

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Ethylene Glycols • EO & EODs
27 July 2018 Issue Number 362
  • Stable ethylene oxide prices in all regions, amid high-season for turnarounds
  • Chinese MEG prices expected to stay table-to-firm after recovering to ~$900/ton cfr
  • Tight market for MEG in the US, but prices fall 2 c/lb following Asian cfr values
  • No July European MEG contract price, despite good demand and tight supply
  • DEG values stable in Asia and Europe. Prices up in the US based on tight supply
  • Ethanolamine trade tariffs in China impacting trade flows and prices in other regions

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Chlorine & Derivatives
27 July 2018 Issue Number 455
  • US chlorine prices remain mostly unchanged in July
  • Asian EDC prices steady from June
  • European PVC prices agreed at a roll over or minor decreases
  • Shintech will increase chlor alkali and PVC capacity at Plaquemine
  • Asian PVC prices move up further on the back Formosa’s price announcement
  • ECH tight in Europe and the US, but prices still struggling in China

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Unsaturated Polyester Resins
27 July 2018 Issue Number 121
  • US UPR prices up after increases were announced for July, demand is healthy
  • European UPR prices up, demand slowing for the August holiday period
  • Phthalic anhydride prices continue to increase in Europe and the US
  • European maleic prices begin to rollover for third quarter, US prices stable
  • Global styrene prices continue to soften, European and US supply is longer
  • Glycol prices remain high in the US but are softer in Europe


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PET Packaging Resin
27 July 2018 Issue Number 261
  • US and European MX values decreasing as crude and gasoline slide
  • Mexican fire the latest ‘hit’ for PTA output.  Asian margins improve
  • Chinese MEG values move close to $900/ton cfr, expected to remain stable
  • Tight MEG market in the US, but prices fall 2 c/lb following Asia cfr values
  • Isophthalic acid production cut back in Asia as prices tumble
  • PET resin producers in West Europe increase output as PTA supply improves

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Phthalates · Oxo-Alcohols
20 July 2018 Issue Number 439
  • US plasticisers prices jump again in July
  • European plasticisers prices steady for the most part
  • INEOS declares force majeure in Oxo alcohols at Lavera
  • US prices surge on rising propylene in June
  • Plasticisers prices in China recover on firmer 2-EH market
  • 2-EH prices in China increase again after delayed shutdown restarts

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Engineering Thermoplastics
20 July 2018 Issue Number 120
  • Ascend declares FM on PA 66 in July after fire at US plant
  • China PA 6 polymer prices keep to downward trend in July
  • Polycarbonate demand in US, Europe remains strong during Q3
  • China polyacetal copolymer resin prices slide lower in July
  • Some Europe PBT polymer output limited on upstream outages
  • China ABS prices decrease in July due to weak seasonal demand

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Acrylonitrile · Acrylic Fibre
20 July 2018 Issue Number 459
  • Global propylene prices “steady-to-weakening”
  • Asian acrylonitrile spot prices strengthen to nearly $2200/ton cfr in July
  • Tight acrylonitrile supply pushed prices to historical record in China
  • Shandong Haili in China plans to start up its acrylonitrile and ABS plants soon
  • Improving Chinese acrylic fibre margins yielding increased production and stocks
  • European acrylic fibre demand cooling with approaching holiday period


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Caustic Soda
20 July 2018 Issue Number 455
  • The US Pulp and Paper industry is currently performing above 2017 levels
  • Odebrecht Group initiates Braskem sale negotiation with LyondellBasell
  • Exports to the US contribute to easing price pressure in Europe
  • Competitive Middle Eastern offers flood Mediterranean market
  • Iranian and Japanese suppliers cut offers down further to conclude deals
  • US buyers are cautious to purchase from China due to new 10% tariff

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Orthoxylene · Phthalic Anhydride
19 July 2018 Issue Number 475
  • US and European MX values decreasing as crude and gasoline slide
  • US OX contract price for July rolls over at 44 c/lb
  • European contract price settles at €860/ton, up a further €20/ton
  • Asian OX market stronger as supply is tighter and upstream values higher
  • European PA inventories being run down for the summer slowdown
  • Asian PA softer as demand remains sluggish

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Phenol · Acetone & Derivatives
18 July 2018 Issue Number 283
  • US phenol producers nominate Q3 adders of 2-5 c/lb
  • Spot phenol prices climb to +€380/ton above the July benzene contract
  • European acetone producers push for increases based on higher propylene costs
  • Lucite’s UK MMA plant increases operating rates – acetone demand to improve
  • Tight bisphenol A supply in the US sees spot prices climb
  • One BPA deal hits new record of €2150/ton in Europe

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Epoxy Resins & Co-Reactants
16 July 2018 Issue Number 023
  • LER prices in US fall by 5-7 c/lb as market threatens to move into oversupply
  • Re-emergence of Asian export offers causes price confusion in LER market
  • Tight bisphenol A supply in the US sees spot prices climb
  • One BPA deal hits new record of €2150/ton in Europe
  • ECH tight in Europe and the US, but prices still struggling in China
  • Chinese ECH prices rise as plant turnarounds tighten supply

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Maleic Anhydride · 1,4-Butanediol
16 July 2018 Issue Number 327
  • US maleic prices move up for June but steady for July, despite butane surge
  • Chinese maleic export prices soften deeply
  • European maleic prices begin to rollover for third quarter
  • European BDO affected by oil spill at Botlek
  • US polyols producers seek price increases
  • European UPR prices up, demand stable but is starting to show some softness

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