Market Highlights

Orthoxylene · Phthalic Anhydride
14 February 2019 Issue Number 482
  • Global mixed xylenes prices firmer as supply becomes tight
  • US OX contract price for February increased by 3 c/lb to 38 c/lb
  • European OX contract price for February increased by €15/ton to €825/ton
  • Asian OX market balanced however, inventories have decreased again
  • European PA prices up and demand improving as Spring approaches
  • Chinese PA prices largely stable, demand remains sluggish

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Acetic Acid · Vinyl Acetate
11 February 2019 2018 Issue Number 377
  • China acetic acid prices rebound slightly after January slump
  • Acetyls demand in China, Asia reaches lull ahead of holiday
  • Europe VAM market continues downward trend in early 2019
  • US acetyls markets returning to balanced conditions in January
  • Celanese plans further acetic acid expansion in Texas by 2022…
  • …However, Celanese will shut some acetic acid capacity in Asia

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Acrylic Acid & Acrylates
7 February 2019 Issue Number 334
  • BASF and Adani announce potential acrylic acid and BA project in Mundra, India
  • Propylene prices in Europe stabilise as February contract settles at a rollover
  • Competition in US BA spot market grows as imports vie for volume
  • European acrylic acid and acrylates market flat in February following propylene rollover
  • Chinese acrylic acid prices soften as market slows down for the Chinese New Year
  • Chinese MMA prices reach fifteen month low in early February

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Bio-Materials & Intermediates
5 February 2019 Issue Number 066
  • Special Report: Chemical companies step up their carbon management programs
  • Gevo develops isoprene from fusel oils produced from ethanol processing
  • Genomatica produces over 600 tons of bio-based 1,3-butylene glycol
  • Avantium has retaken full ownership of its YXY technology
  • Neste seeks technologies for converting fats and oils into chemicals
  • Nestlé partners with Danimer Scientific for PHA-based bottle development
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Polyurethanes & Intermediates
5 February 2019 Issue Number 279
  • BASF’s TDI plant at Ludwigshafen restarts production
  • Further softening for US polyols
  • US and European BDO Q1 prices decline
  • European PO prices down on lower propylene costs
  • US MPG prices decline on lower feedstock costs
  • TDI prices weaken further worldwide

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Engineering Thermoplastics
31 January 2019 Issue Number 126
  • 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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Fibres & Intermediates
31 January 2019 Issue Number 413
  • European acrylic fibre shipments rise on restocking and export demand
  • Chinese take optimistic view on polyester filament market prospects
  • Polyester staple producers in West Europe report strong demand in 2019
  • Chinese polyamide filament demand weakens ahead of Spring Festival
  • European PA 6 filament prices decrease but fail to stimulate demand
  • Global polypropylene BCF shipments extremely weak

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Ethylene Glycols • EO & EODs
31 January 2019 Issue Number 368
  • Ethylene oxide ‘deltas’ for 2019 stable in the US, but higher in Europe
  • Crude oil and China weakness bring MEG values to $625/ton cfr
  • MEG down 2-3 c/lb in the US amid falls in Asia and local surplus
  • January ECP fixed at €790/ton ddp, spot at €690/ton fca / €635/ton cfr
  • Global surplus for ethanolamines. Prices stable-to-soft in all regions
  • DEG prices weaken globally. TEG soft in the US but stable in Europe

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Unsaturated Polyester Resins
30 January 2019 Issue Number 127
  • US UPR prices flat for January, demand is as expected for the month
  • European UPR prices largely flat, demand improving after the holiday period
  • Phthalic anhydride prices follow upstream orthoxylene prices down
  • European maleic market looking to see drop in price for first quarter
  • Global styrene prices firmer in January, US supply remains snug
  • MPG prices down in both Europe and the US


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Polyamide & Intermediates
30 January 2019 Issue Number 465
  • European Commission gives conditional approval to BASF-Solvay deal
  • Europe engineering polymer demand held back by auto industry woes
  • China, Asia caprolactam prices slump in January on weaker demand
  • US caprolactam, PA 6 polymer prices decrease on weaker benzene
  • Chinese polyamide filament demand weakens ahead of Spring Festival
  • European PA 6 filament prices decrease but fail to stimulate demand
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Chlorine & Derivatives
29 January 2018 Issue Number 461
  • Chinese chlorine prices recover in January
  • Global EDC prices edge up on tight supply
  • European PVC prices decline on par with ethylene or a little less
  • Asian PVC prices remain in an uptrend, further increases announced for February
  • PO prices decline on lower feedstock costs
  • Further softening for worldwide TDI prices

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Epoxy Resins & Co-Reactants
28 January 2019 Issue Number 029
  • US LER January prices fall by a further 2 c/lb
  • Epoxy resins prices in Europe drop by €50/ton in January
  • Hexion declares force majeure on BPA from its Deer Park, TX plant
  • Bisphenol A prices drop a further €100/ton in Europe
  • Chinese BPA values stabilise as polycarbonate demand improves
  • Tight ECH supply in China sees prices starting to climb

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Polyester & Intermediates
25 January 2019 Issue Number 465
  • US paraxylene and European PTA production issues leave markets unmoved
  • 2019 paraxylene ACP formula agreed with ‘alpha’ down 1-3 c/lb on 2018
  • Crude oil and polyester weakness leads China's MEG values to $625/ton cfr
  • The Chinese take an optimistic view on polyester filament market prospects
  • Polyester staple producers in West Europe report strong demand in 2019
  • In India, demand for PET packaging resin falls by 6% year on year in 2018 Q4

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PET Packaging Resin
25 January 2019 Issue Number 267
  • US paraxylene and European PTA production issues leave markets unmoved
  • 2019 paraxylene ACP formula agreed with ‘alpha’ down 1-3 c/lb on 2018
  • MEG contract down 2-3 c/lb in the US amid drops in Asia and local overcapacity
  • January ECP fixed at €790/ton ddp: spot below €700/ton fca and at €635/ton cfr
  • Crude oil and polyester weakness leads China's MEG values to $625/ton cfr
  • In India, demand for PET packaging resin falls by 6% year on year in 2018 Q4

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Acrylonitrile · Acrylic Fibre
24 January 2019 Issue Number 465
  • New Year global propylene markets stable-to-weak
  • North American acrylonitrile values decrease by around 9 c/lb
  • Asian acrylonitrile prices arrest falls and rebound in mid January
  • Chinese acrylic fibre margins over feedstocks weaken further
  • European acrylic fibre shipments rise on restocking and export demand
  • ABS markets in all regions start to see some signs of relief

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Phthalates · Oxo-Alcohols
23 January 2019 Issue Number 445
  • US plasticisers prices slide lower in January
  • European C9/C10 plasticisers supply improves, prices start to slip down
  • European Oxo alcohol prices decrease on lower propylene
  • BASF to evaluate an investment in acrylics and oxo alcohols in India
  • Chinese plasticisers prices lose ground again in mid January
  • Oxo alcohols prices in China retreat in mid month tracking lower propylene

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Phenol · Acetone & Derivatives
23 January 2019 Issue Number 289
  • Phenol contracts in the US move to a quarterly basis
  • Rising benzene prices in the US could stabilise future phenol adders
  • Tightness in European phenol market eases slightly after Ineos lifts FM
  • Oversupply of acetone in Europe forces prices down again
  • Bisphenol A prices drop a further €100/ton in Europe
  • Chinese BPA values stabilise as polycarbonate demand improves

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Caustic Soda
22 January 2019 Issue Number 461
  • Rusal sanctions close to being fully lifted by US Treasury
  • On 16 January, Pará state lifted the embargo on Alunorte’s alumina refinery
  • Georgia-Pacific announces shutdown of a paper mill in Louisiana
  • Ercros starts up its 26 ktpa chlor-alkali expansion in Vila-seca I
  • Indian BIS issue is not expected to be solved in the short term
  • Downstream China plants expected to shut down in Chinese New Year holiday

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Maleic Anhydride · 1,4-Butanediol
14 January 2019 Issue Number 333
  • Rhine River levels restored, allow for normal barge traffic
  • Chinese maleic export prices down $150/ton
  • European maleic market looking to see drop in price for first quarter
  • Low Asian maleic prices stimulate European buying interest
  • Cepsa’s maleic in Spain to shut down for two months in January/February
  • Butanes prices correct upward slightly after dramatic fall last few months

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