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Fibres & Intermediates
29 May 2020 Issue Number 429
  • Chinese acrylic fibre consumers stockpile material as feedstock costs rise
  • Acrylic fibre operating rates in Europe to remain a low 40-50% in June
  • Chinese polyamide filament prices up due to higher feedstock costs
  • Polyester filament operating rates in Taiwan cut to 30-40% due to soft demand
  • Demand improves for nonwoven applications for face mask production
  • Indonesia becomes largest exporter of viscose staple to Europe

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Engineering Thermoplastics
29 May 2020 Issue Number 142
  • ABS prices strengthen in Asia; fall in Europe and US for May
  • Polyamide still suffering as global markets hit by COVID-19 pandemic
  • Polyacetals markets suffer less exposure to the automotive industry than most ETPs
  • PBT market struggles to rebound as automotive market makes slow recovery
  • Bio-based and recyclable/compostable plastics projects forge ahead, despite global slowdown
  • Polycarbonate demand into medical and protective equipment soars

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Polyamide & Intermediates
28 May 2020 Issue Number 481
  • Global polyamide markets struggle due to ongoing COVID-19 crisis
  • Higher benzene prices put pressure on China caprolactam values
  • Polyamide export demand in Asia falls due to COVID-19 lockdowns
  • Europe adipic acid demand slumps on stagnant PA 66, polyurethane
  • Tyrecord market activity comes to a standstill amid COVID-19 closures
  • Phenol demand in North America, Europe remains weak during May
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Ethylene Glycols • EO & EODs
28 May 2020 Issue Number 384
  • Levels of demand post COVID-19, the main concern for the EO chain globally
  • Ethylene firms $250/ton in China, but falls €100/ton in Europe and 1.5 c/lb in the US
  • Chinese spot MEG around $380-415/ton cfr amid low output but record imports
  • May Europe ECP settles at €448/ton ddp for MEG, US contract drops 1 c/lb
  • Weak ethanolamines demand in Europe and US due to COVID-19, but China strong
  • Low demand and crude oil values lengthen DEG and TEG amid a collapse in prices

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Chlorine & Derivatives
27 May 2020 Issue Number 477
  • US EDC prices inch up as demand in vinyls start to recover
  • US producers announce a 3 c/lb increase for domestic PVC in June
  • US PVC export prices recover some ground
  • Asian PVC prices increase on higher ethylene and the expectation of improved demand
  • European PVC demand remains soft and prices drop mostly in line with ethylene
  • Chlorine prices in China decrease on lower demand

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Epoxy Resins & Co-Reactants
27 May 2020 Issue Number 044
  • US LER prices fall as demand drops by more than 20% in May
  • Food coatings, civil engineering and wind sectors remain strong in US and Europe
  • European LER prices fall in sectors with good offtake volumes
  • BPA prices in US and Europe at bottom levels in May
  • In China, poor PC export demand caps BPA prices despite supply tightness
  • Jiangsu Haixing restarts ECH plant after 13-month unplanned shutdown

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Unsaturated Polyester Resins
27 May 2020 Issue Number 143
  • US UPR prices softer, demand down by 15-30% compared to a normal month
  • European UPR prices down €30-40/ton, demand off by 35-50% compared to normal
  • The Chinese UPR market is stable after a clear uptick in April
  • European maleic prices fall but drop in price mitigated by lack of volume, US prices also softer
  • Global styrene values firmer, run rates in Europe and the US remain low
  • US and European phthalic anhydride demand remains soft

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Phenol · Acetone & Derivatives
22 May 2020 Issue Number 305
  • Cumene and phenol/acetone production hampered by tight RGP supply in the US
  • Turnarounds and low import volumes push phenol prices up in China
  • European acetone spot prices stable in some regions but down in others
  • Chinese acetone prices hit three-year highs due to strong demand and tight supply
  • BPA prices in US and Europe at bottom levels in May
  • In China, poor PC export demand caps BPA prices despite supply tightness

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PET Packaging Resin
21 May 2020 Issue Number 283
  • Feedstock and paraxylene prices bottom-out, but PET demand surge falters
  • Chinese polyester chain stock builds as production runs close to record levels
  • May Europe ECP settles at €448/ton ddp for MEG; fall of 1 c/lb in the US
  • Ethylene firms $250/ton in China; falls €100/ton in Europe and 1.5 c/lb in US
  • Chinese spot MEG around $380-415/ton cfr amid low output but record imports
  • Production of PET resin resumes in India as lockdown restrictions are eased

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Caustic Soda
21 May 2020 Issue Number 477
  • US contract prices have increased for the third consecutive month by $30-50/dst
  • Brazilian chlor-alkali producers reduce operating rates due to weak domestic demand
  • Northwest European demand remains soft but prices in the region increase
  • In Southeast Asia, demand is weak amid ongoing lockdowns
  • Northeast Asian supply is limited as operating rates remain at low levels
  • Exports out of China increase, supported by higher overseas prices

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Polyester & Intermediates
21 May 2020 Issue Number 481
  • Feedstock and paraxylene prices bottom-out, but PET demand surge falters
  • Chinese polyester chain stock builds as production runs close to record levels
  • May Europe ECP settles at €448/ton ddp for MEG, with drops of 1 c/lb in the US
  • Chinese polyester filament producers consider cutting utilisation rates
  • A major Taiwanese polyester staple producer continues to run at 50% capacity
  • Production of PET resin resumes in India as lockdown restrictions are eased

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Phthalates · Oxo-Alcohols
18 May 2020 Issue Number 461
  • US plasticisers decrease again in May, demand plunges
  • European plasticisers remain under pressure amid ongoing uncertainity
  • US Oxo alcohol prices inch lower in May
  • 2-EH demand in Europe slumps, prices track propylene down
  • Plasticisers prices in China recover on tighter supply as buyers restock
  • 2-EH prices in China rebound on improved market sentiment and higher propylene

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Orthoxylene · Phthalic Anhydride
15 May 2020 Issue Number 497
  • Global mixed xylenes prices have continued to increase
  • The US orthoxylene contract price for May rolls over at 21.5 c/lb
  • OX demand in China is expected to remain stable, supported by PA operating rates
  • US phthalic anhydride demand steady, Europe suffers from weak plasticisers demand
  • Chinese phthalic anhydride prices rebounds following public holiday in early May
  • Phthalic anhydride plants continue to run at reduced rates in US and Europe

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Acrylic Acid & Acrylates
14 May 2020 Issue Number 349
  • April propylene contract down by 2c/lb, following a 4c/lb reduction the previous month
  • European propylene price down by €80/ton in May; supply down on refinery and cracker rate cuts
  • US acrylates market sees demand decline in May
  • Ample GAA and BA supply weighs on European market in May
  • Chinese acrylic acid and acrylates prices firm sharply on higher propylene costs and tighter supply
  • MMA markets see boost in demand for protective screens in fight against pandemic

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Maleic Anhydride · 1,4-Butanediol
12 May 2020 Issue Number 349
  • US maleic prices continue to come under downward pressure as demand craters
  • European maleic prices fall but drop in price mitigated by lack of volume
  • Asian maleic prices continue to soften on muted demand
  • UPR demand plummets across US and Europe in April/May
  • Global BDO market shows no sign of recovery in near future
  • US PTMEG market faces softening as COVID-19 hits market


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Acetic Acid · Vinyl Acetate
8 May 2020 Issue Number 392
  • Overall acetyls demand uncertain during Q2 due to COVID-19 outbreak
  • US, Europe VAM markets maintain stable trends in certain applications
  • China acetic acid prices increase in late April as producers cut output
  • Ethyl acetate demand in Europe, US, remains steady during April
  • Global methanol prices at low levels due to weak overall demand
  • US WTI crude oil prices collapse to historic low values in April

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Bio-Materials & Intermediates
7 May 2020 Issue Number 081
  • Special Report: Developments for bio-based solvents continue to increase
  • USP grade MPG demand on the rise from global hand sanitiser demand
  • Bio-ECH price in China under pressure as glycerine feedstock supply tightens
  • Thailand increases succinic acid imports from China this year
  • Global glycerine market face upward price pressure amid continued supply chain uncertainty
  • RWDC to invest $260 million in PHA capacity expansion in Georgia, USA
  • CHEMICAL PROFILE: Crude Tall Oil (CTO)

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Polyurethanes & Intermediates
7 May 2020 Issue Number 294
  • European Q2 BDO pricing settles down once again
  • US Q2 BDO settles at either rollovers or minor cuts
  • MDI and TDI markets weaken in all regions
  • Significant number of PU sectors closed due to COVID-19
  • MPG and PO prices softening once again on lower costs
  • MDI, TDI and polyols plants operate at lower levels in the US and Europe

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