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Acrylic Acid & Acrylates
11 June 2019 Issue Number 338
  • US acrylic acid and acrylate producers seek increases of 5-7c/lb for June contracts
  • European acrylic acid and acrylates market demand remains subdued in June
  • Chinese acrylic acid and acrylates market trends down again in May
  • US May propylene contract settles at an increase of 4.5c/lb
  • European June propylene contract rolls over despite tight supply
  • In Asia, MMA demand remains subdued, and prices have softened again

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Bio-Materials & Intermediates
7 June 2019 Issue Number 070
  • Special Report: Chemical recycling projects surge on growing plastic waste problems
  • A brief overview of the current bio-based acetic acid and derivatives market
  • Avantium to build a 5 ktpa FDCA, PEF flagship plant for 2023 start-up
  • Genomatica acquires REG’s life science business
  • Higher price pressures seen in US mid-cut alcohols market
  • Shiseido, Kaneka to develop PHA-based cosmetic packaging materials
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Acetic Acid · Vinyl Acetate
7 June 2019 Issue Number 381
  • China acetic acid prices rebound slightly in late May after steep drop
  • US VAM producers nearing end of busy turnaround schedule in June
  • Europe ethyl acetate spot prices pushed lower on lacklustre demand
  • China acetic anhydride market prices sharply lower during May
  • Southern Chemical lowers June US Gulf methanol contract to 117 c/gal
  • US, Europe PTA market demand below expectations in second quarter

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Polyurethanes & Intermediates
7 June 2019 Issue Number 283
  • Covestro lifts force majeure at Dormagen Polyols plant
  • LyondellBasell’s Channel View PO/SM turnaround completed
  • European and US BDO Q3 pricing likely to soften further
  • European PO not impacted by high number of propylene outages
  • US MPG pricing goes up on higher propylene
  • European PO prices roll over on stable propylene

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Fibres & Intermediates
31 May 2019 Issue Number 417
  • Global acrylic fibre margins suffer with rising acrylonitrile costs
  • Polyester POY filament producers in West Europe reduce utilisation to 70-80%
  • Shipments of polyester staple in North America are strong in all markets
  • China PA 6 feather yarn demand falls short of expectations in early 2019
  • US textile filament market experiencing PA 6 substitution for PA 66
  • Polypropylene staple demand from nonwoven markets strengthens

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Engineering Thermoplastics
30 May 2019 Issue Number 130
  • Polyamide 6 resin prices decrease in Asia, China on soft demand
  • China polycarbonate market continues downward trend in May
  • US PBT demand impacted by disappointing automotive sector
  • Europe polyacetal resin prices settle at a rollover in second quarter
  • Trinseo evaluating strategic alternatives for its polycarbonate business
  • ABS markets across Asia and China slip into weaker trend in May

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Unsaturated Polyester Resins
30 May 2019 Issue Number 131
  • US UPR prices increase but demand is showing signs of softening
  • European UPR prices up but demand is not as strong as expected for May
  • European and US phthalic anhydride prices increase again
  • European maleic Q2 contracts increase €30-50/ton, US prices are stable
  • Global styrene prices softer despite ongoing maintenance outages
  • MPG prices stable, global MEG and DEG prices also down despite outages

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Polyamide & Intermediates
30 May 2019 Issue Number 469
  • US polyamide 6, caprolactam market prices maintain stable trend
  • Ascend formally lifts force majeure on PA 66 polymer, HMDA in May
  • China PA 66 engineering resin prices slump further in May on soft demand
  • Northeast Asia caprolactam prices under pressure as gap widens with China
  • Europe PA 6, caprolactam talks hampered by weak market sentiment
  • Renewed trade tension puts China PA filament market buying on hold
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Ethylene Glycols • EO & EODs
30 May 2019 Issue Number 372
  • Ethylene up €30/ton in Europe, down 1.75 c/lb in US. Stable-to-soft in Asia
  • Asia MEG cfr values reached $520/ton amid high availability and soft demand
  • In the US, soft MEG demand and cfr Asian values forced drops of 1-2 c/lb in May
  • May MEG ECP fixed at €755/ton amid low spot values and high ethylene cost
  • Stable prices for ethanolamine in the US and Europe. Lower values seen in China
  • Soft demand and high output soften DEG globally. TEG up in Europe, down in US

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Chlorine & Derivatives
29 May 2018 Issue Number 465
  • US producers announce chlorine price increases
  • Asian EDC prices slide lower on increasing supply, US prices steady
  • Braskem shutdown at Alagoas leads to an increase in EDC demand
  • US PVC producers announce price increases for June
  • European PVC prices move up slightly above ethylene in May
  • Formosa Taiwan announces price increases for June shipments

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Epoxy Resins & Co-Reactants
29 May 2019 Issue Number 033
  • Kumho in South Korea starts new 45 ktpa LER line in May
  • LER prices in Asia slip by $200/ton to $2400-2500/ton
  • US and European producers increase LER prices to offset higher feedstock costs
  • ECH prices in China rising due to short supply…
  • …but new ECH capacities in China will soon relieve current tightness
  • BPA flat in all regions due to faltering polycarbonate industry

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Polyester & Intermediates
24 May 2019 Issue Number 469
  • Asian paraxylene margins squeezed, but Western producers resist lower prices
  • Chinese PTA margins peak as capacity overhang is finally erased, but spot prices fall
  • Asia MEG cfr values reached $520/ton amid high availability and soft demand
  • Ethylene up €30/ton in Europe, down 1.75 c/lb in US.  Stable-to-soft in Asia
  • US countervailing duties imposed on polyester filament manufacturers in India
  • The US-China trade war changes polyester staple market sentiment in China

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PET Packaging Resin
24 May 2019 Issue Number 271
  • Asian paraxylene margins squeezed, but Western producers resist lower prices
  • Chinese PTA margins peak as capacity overhang is finally erased, but spot prices fall
  • Asia MEG cfr values reached $520/ton amid high availability and soft demand
  • Ethylene up €30/ton in Europe, down 1.75 c/lb in US. Stable-to-soft in Asia
  • In the US, soft MEG demand and cfr Asian values forced drops of 1-2 c/lb in May
  • Demand in West and East Europe for PET resin remains below expectations

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Phenol · Acetone & Derivatives
23 May 2019 Issue Number 293
  • Phenol supply in US returns to balance – spot prices soften
  • European phenol demand was healthy in May but June may see a slowdown
  • Chinese May phenol prices fall to lowest level in 20 months
  • US market awaits for acetone offtake volumes from MMA to resume
  • Acetone inventory levels at warehouses in China reach 70,000 tons in May
  • Asian MMA market remains depressed as demand fails to pick up

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Maleic Anhydride · 1,4-Butanediol
22 May 2019 Issue Number 337
  • European maleic Q2 contracts settle at €30-50/ton increase
  • China’s domestic maleic market not showing signs of recovery
  • European and US PBT affected by weak automotive market
  • PBT prices in Europe roll over in Q2
  • Soft demand continues to dampen Chinese PBT prices
  • US and European BDO Q2 prices decline

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Phthalates · Oxo-Alcohols
22 May 2019 Issue Number 449
  • US plasticisers producers announce price increases for June
  • European plasticisers prices mostly steady, with a few exceptions
  • US Oxo producers announce price increases, supply tightens
  • European oxo alcohols prices stable to down in May amid sluggish demand
  • Chinese plasticisers prices remain under pressure, demand remains soft
  • 2-EH prices in China drop on lower propylene and weak demand

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Caustic Soda
20 May 2019 Issue Number 465
  • US contract prices show small decreases for May despite proposed increases
  • Braskem shuts down its chlor-alkali plant due to geological issues in May
  • Brazil spot prices higher due to temporary shortage of material
  • Northwest Europe spot market remains quiet amid ongoing turnarounds
  • China’s Tianjin Dagu resumed export to India after getting BIS certificate
  • China domestic producers cut operating rates to levels below 80%

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Orthoxylene · Phthalic Anhydride
17 May 2019 Issue Number 485
  • Global mixed xylenes values down compared to April
  • US OX contract price for May rolls over at 44 c/lb
  • European OX contract price for April settled at €930/ton, May settles at €960/ton
  • Asian OX market supply remains tight but prices are down on weaker demand
  • European PA spot prices up, contracts firm again. US prices up again
  • Asian PA prices up a little, Chinese prices down again and demand remains poor

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