Market Highlights

Orthoxylene · Phthalic Anhydride
18 June 2018 Issue Number 474
  • US and European MX values starting to retreat
  • US OX contract price for June increased by 1 c/lb
  • European contract price settles at €840/ton, up €40/ton
  • Asian OX market is softer on weak downstream demand and high inventories
  • European PA supply has improved, demand seasonally strong
  • Asian PA softer on lower demand, naphthalene prices also softer in June

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Phenol · Acetone & Derivatives
15 June 2018 Issue Number 282
  • European producers nominate €40/ton increase on Q3 phenol adders
  • Propylene increase of €80/ton hurt European acetone margins
  • CNOOC/Shell’s phenol/acetone plant starts commissioning process
  • BPA tight in all regions as trade heats up in China
  • Polycarbonate prices weaken in China as market enters summer lull
  • Weak demand drives Chinese MMA prices lower in June

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Acrylonitrile · Acrylic Fibre
15 June 2018 Issue Number 458
  • Global propylene prices still increasing
  • Asian acrylonitrile spot prices strengthen to nearly $2100/ton cfr in June
  • Tight acrylonitrile supply caused by continuous shutdowns in China
  • Good global demand for ABS continues but margins decrease
  • Chinese acrylic fibre margins increase due to production cuts
  • US acrylic spun yarn demand improves as spinners reduce capacity

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Phthalates · Oxo-Alcohols
15 June 2018 Issue Number 438
  • US plasticisers prices surge in June, further increases announced for July
  • European plasticisers prices see moderate increases
  • Grupa Azoty declares force majeure in plasticisers and Oxo alcohols
  • US and European 2-EH prices jump on tightening supply
  • Plasticisers supply in China tighter on several turnarounds
  • Chinese Oxo alcohols supply affected during the summit in Qingdao

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Caustic Soda
14 June 2018 Issue Number 454
  • Russian oligarch, Oleg Deripaska resigns from Rusal’s board of directors
  • US demand continues strong, growing at GDP
  • Supply from Northeast Asia remains limited due to centralized turnarounds
  • Southeast Asian buyers step out of the market in Ramadan, softening demand
  • East China environmental inspections result in weak demand and cut offers
  • Many China downstream plants shut down after environmental inspections

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Maleic Anhydride · 1,4-Butanediol
13 June 2018 Issue Number 326
  • US maleic prices firming in snug market in June
  • Asian maleic prices rise in China and Taiwan domestic markets
  • High raw materials costs push PO prices up in Europe
  • Chinese BDO prices decline in a quiet month
  • US polyester polyols up a further 10 c/lb for June
  • Downstream demand improving for Chinese spandex

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Acetic Acid · Vinyl Acetate
11 June 2018 Issue Number 369
  • DowDuPont declares FM on VAM due to lack of acetic acid supply
  • Global acetic acid prices increase rapidly in May on supply woes
  • China, Asia acetic acid prices close to 14-year highs in late May
  • European VAM duty-free import quota filled by early June
  • US methanol contract prices roll over at 149 c/gal for June
  • Celanese to close Ocotlán, Mexico, acetate tow plant early 2019

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Acrylic Acid & Acrylates
8 June 2018 Issue Number 326
  • Propylene contract for Europe up €80 for June; US May contract rises 5c/lb
  • US producers announce June increases for n-butanol and 2-EH
  • US acrylic and acrylate producers seek increases for June based on propylene jump
  • Brazil strike disrupts acrylates supply; BASF declares force majeure
  • Chinese acrylic acid prices firm on the back of feedstock increase
  • Weak demand drives Chinese MMA prices lower in Juneacrylates market remains balanced-to-tight

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Bio-Materials & Intermediates
7 June 2018 Issue Number 058
  • Special Report: Biopolymers continue to face slower growth
  • Several investments for bio-based methane and methanol announced in Europe
  • Verdezyne exits with Sime Darby investment pull-out
  • Use of bisphenol-S in EU thermal paper increases as alternative to BPA
  • Mid-cut C12-C14 alcohols face downward trend worldwide
  • CHEMICAL PROFILE: BUTADIENE

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Polyurethanes & Intermediates
6 June 2018 Issue Number 271
  • BASF’s Ludwigshafen TDI plant status still unknown
  • MDI prices in the US increase
  • MDI prices in Europe decline again
  • US TDI market begins to change direction and stabilise
  • European TDI prices decrease significantly
  • High raw materials costs push PO prices up in Europe

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Fibres & Intermediates
31 May 2018 Issue Number 405
  • European acrylic fibre production steady at good levels
  • Polyester and Polyamide BCF demand strong in US due to good carpet demand
  • Polyester staple demand picks up in China due to potential raw material hikes
  • US polyester staple producers “sold out”
  • European polyester filament volumes weaken in May allowing producers to restock
  • Polypropylene staple shipments strong in the US

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Polyamide & Intermediates
31 May 2018 Issue Number 457
  • Global polyamide 66 prices increase steadily on short supplies
  • Polyamide 6 polymer prices flat in US, EU; ease lower in China
  • Europe caprolactam market maintains balanced state during Q2
  • Invista planning ADN technology upgrade at Victoria, Texas
  • China’s Highsun Group to acquire Fibrant’s caprolactam business
  • US polyamide BCF production, shipments improve during May
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Unsaturated Polyester Resins
30 May 2018 Issue Number 119
  • US UPR prices and demand stable in May
  • Aliancys owner, CVC, to buy AOC
  • European UPR prices softening, May volumes in line with expectations
  • Phthalic anhydride prices unchanged in US but up again in Europe
  • European and US maleic anhydride markets remain snug
  • US styrene prices stable, European prices softer but Asian prices increasing


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Chlorine & Derivatives
29 May 2018 Issue Number 453
  • New price increases announced for HCl and chlorine in the US
  • US EDC prices move upwards on tight supply
  • US PVC supplies seek for a price increase in June on strong demand from Asia
  • Rollovers and minor increases reported for European PVC prices
  • Asian PVC prices slip again, as Formosa Plastics announces price decreases for June
  • BASF’s force majeure on TDI Geismar, Louisiana, lifted

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Ethylene Glycols • EO & EODs
25 May 2018 Issue Number 360
  • April Ethylene unsettled in the US, but down in China and up in Europe for May
  • China MEG values softening towards $950/ton cfr amid high historical inventories
  • Turnarounds in the US have moved MEG up by 4 c/lb. Further increases expected
  • MEG ECP increased €40/ton based on EO hikes, low imports and strong demand
  • DEG remains stable in Asia, balanced in Europe, but tight in North America
  • Stable prices for ethanolamines in all the regions despite different EO directions

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PET Packaging Resin
25 May 2018 Issue Number 259
  • Higher crude oil prices and increased availability upset paraxylene markets
  • Problems at Geel, Belgium affect European paraxylene, PTA and PET production
  • China MEG values soften towards $950/ton cfr amid historically high inventory
  • Turnarounds in the US have moved up MEG by 4 c/lb. Further increases expected
  • MEG ECP increased by €40/ton based on EO hikes, low imports and strong demand
  • Resin supply tightness continues to dominate North American packaging markets

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Polyester & Intermediates
25 May 2018 Issue Number 457
  • Higher crude oil prices and increased availability upset paraxylene markets
  • Problems at Geel, Belgium affect European paraxylene, PTA and PET production
  • China MEG values soften towards $950/ton cfr amid historically high inventory
  • Polyester BCF production remains high in North America, with capacity full
  • Polyester staple orders from European nonwoven customers appear to weaken
  • Resin supply tightness continues to dominate North American packaging markets

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Epoxy Resins & Co-Reactants
25 May 2018 Issue Number 021
  • US epoxy resins values stable on back of strong demand
  • US epoxy resins values stable on back of strong demand
  • China’s epoxy resins industry again under environmental scrutiny
  • BPA prices in China start to rise after lull in demand from PC industry
  • European BPA producers report strong demand from Chinese traders
  • ECH prices strong in Europe and US but still weak in China

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Engineering Thermoplastics
11 May 2018 Issue Number 118
  • Global polyamide 66 market prices rise on tight supplies
  • Polyamide 6 resin prices in Asia decrease in early May
  • Asia polycarbonate prices firmer in May on turnarounds
  • Celanese plans POM capacity expansions in US, Germany
  • Europe PBT market supplies seen as tight during May
  • Steady demand supporting firm ABS prices in Asia, China

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