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Acrylic Acid & Acrylates
7 August 2020 Issue Number 352
  • US propylene contract prices increase by 6c/lb in July on reduced supply
  • European propylene contract prices up by €30/ton for August
  • US acrylic acid and acrylates producers seek price increases following 6c/lb raw material hike
  • European acrylic acid and acrylates demand variable in August
  • Chinese AA and acrylate prices soften on supply/demand imbalance
  • US MMA producers seek hikes for August in response to firming feedstocks

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Polyurethanes & Intermediates
7 August 2020 Issue Number 297
  • Borsodchem starts annual MDI and TDI turnarounds
  • Covestro announces force majeure at European MDI plant
  • Covestro announces TDI turnaround in Europe
  • BASF announces force majeure at US TDI plant
  • European and US BDO pricing settle at discounts
  • US MPG producers announce price increases
  • Price hikes for US MDI, TDI and polyols announced

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Acetic Acid · Vinyl Acetate
7 August 2020 Issue Number 395
  • Global acetyls markets hoping for clear signs of recovery during Q3
  • China acetic acid prices rally in early Q3, but trend lower late July
  • US acetic acid market enjoys relative stability at beginning of Q3
  • VAM turnarounds in Asia expected to tighten market supplies in Q3
  • Europe ethyl acetate market slump continues as prices drop in July
  • Tighter methanol supplies boost spot prices in all regions in July

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Bio-Materials & Intermediates
5 August 2020 Issue Number 084
  • Special Report: Glycolipids market expands as production technology improves
  • Bio-PET pricing maintains stable premiums amid lower petro-PET prices this year
  • Polyamide products are increasingly incorporating recycled materials
  • Margins are more attractive for glycerine-based ECH in China
  • Fatty acid market remains quiet in US, Europe while demand remains weak in Asia
  • Global glycerine prices weaken on ample supply and soft demand

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Fibres & Intermediates
31 July 2020 Issue Number 431
  • Polyester filament producers in China maintain high utilisation rates
  • Demand for polyester staple in apparel in West Europe remains weak
  • US polyamide fibre market participants seeking clarity for Q3-Q4 demand
  • Acrylic fibre values withstand downward pressure from falling feedstock costs and remain stable
  • Good demand and rising feedstocks keep polypropylene fibre prices stable to strong in all regions
  • Demand for home textiles has strengthened due to home office refurbishments

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Engineering Thermoplastics
31 July 2020 Issue Number 144
  • Demand for automotive markets globally improves modestly
  • PBT in the US remains weak as COVID-19 continues to quash demand
  • ABS heads into low season in Asia
  • Acrylonitrile supply increased after Zhejiang Petrochemical commissioned its new plant in Asia
  • Dow released earnings on 23 July with losses except in health and hygiene
  • Celanese to consolidate compounding operations in Europe

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Epoxy Resins & Co-Reactants
30 July 2020 Issue Number 046
  • Hexion and Olin announce 5 c/lb increase on epoxy resins for 1 August
  • European LER buyers look for stability in long-term contracts
  • US LER demand recovering but producers face rising feedstocks costs
  • Chinese LER demand strong in the wind energy business
  • Hexion announced 5 c/lb increase on bisphenol A for August business
  • ECH values in China falling on the back of growing supply in the market

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Polyamide & Intermediates
30 July 2020 Issue Number 483
  • Global polyamide markets still feeling impact of COVID-19 crisis in early Q3
  • Europe PA 6, caprolactam margins squeezed by higher feedstock costs
  • China caprolactam market prices dragged lower in July on weaker benzene
  • Polyamide 66 producers in US, Europe issue price increases for July-August
  • Spot sales of cyclohexanone in Asia remain difficult to achieve during July
  • US polyamide fibre market participants seeking clarity for Q3-Q4 demand
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Chlorine & Derivatives
30 July 2020 Issue Number 479
  • US EDC supply remains tight, prices move further up
  • US PVC domestic and export demand improves
  • Asian PVC prices move slightly higher
  • European PVC demand rebounds, prices move up
  • Vinyls markets continue to drive global demand

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Phenol · Acetone & Derivatives
29 July 2020 Issue Number 307
  • US and European phenol markets stable but softening in China
  • Acetone values strong in US but soaring in Europe due to tight supply
  • Chinese acetone prices slipping on news of rising supply
  • Hexion announced a 5 c/lb increase for BPA from 1 August
  • A fragmented bisphenol A market in Europe is seeing a wide range of pricing
  • Chinese MMA prices fall in July following a two-month uptrend

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Ethylene Glycols • EO & EODs
28 July 2020 Issue Number 386
  • Ethylene softens in China, but firms €84/ton in Europe, 0.5 c/lb in the US
  • Chinese spot MEG stable at $415-425/ton cfr. Low operating rates but high imports
  • Stable-to-firm US MEG prices. High output but good local demand and exports
  • July MEG ECP settles at €504/ton ddp. Spot prices firm above €500/ton fca
  • Despite high feedstocks, ethanolamines prices stable globally amid soft demand
  • DEG and TEG markets remain long. Ample availability and stable or soft prices

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Polyester & Intermediates
23 July 2020 Issue Number 483
  • Paraxylene and PTA squeezed between crude oil strength and fragile demand
  • Chinese PTA producers consider production cuts as polyester pipeline fills
  • Stable-to-firm US MEG prices.  High output but good local demand and exports
  • Polyester filament producers in China maintain high utilisation rates
  • Demand for polyester staple in apparel in West Europe remains weak
  • The US PET packaging resin market remains balanced with healthy demand

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PET Packaging Resin
23 July 2020 Issue Number 285
  • Paraxylene and PTA squeezed between crude oil strength and fragile demand
  • Chinese PTA producers consider production cuts as polyester pipeline fills
  • Stable-to-firm US MEG prices. High output but good local demand and exports
  • Ethylene softens in China, but firms €84/ton in Europe, 0.5 c/lb in the US
  • July Europe MEG ECP settles at €504/ton ddp. Spot prices firm >€500/ton fca
  • The US PET packaging resin market remains balanced with healthy demand

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Caustic Soda
22 July 2020 Issue Number 479
  • US contract prices mostly roll over in July
  • The restart of production at Braskem was postponed to September/October
  • Northwest European contracts fall by €30/ton
  • In the Southeast Asian market import prices drop further to $270-290/ton cfr
  • Indian producers raise operating rates with eased lockdown measures
  • Chinese exporters cut offers in order to conclude deals

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Phthalates · Oxo-Alcohols
21 July 2020 Issue Number 463
  • US plasticisers stable in July but price increases announced for August
  • European plasticisers prices recover on higher raw material prices and improved demand
  • US Oxo alcohol producers announce price increases for August
  • Oxo alcohols prices in Europe recover on higher propylene, export demand improves
  • Plasticisers prices in China recover again, demand remains healthy
  • Oxo alcohol prices in China slip on falling propylene

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Orthoxylene · Phthalic Anhydride
16 July 2020 Issue Number 499
  • Global mixed xylenes prices continue to strengthen, as supply remains tight
  • The US orthoxylene contract price for June increases to 27c/lb
  • European orthoxylene contract price for July settles €15/ton higher at €560/ton
  • Orthoxylene demand in some regions in Asia remains depressed by the pandemic
  • US and European phthalic anhydride demand improves slightly, prices rise
  • China phthalic anhydride prices drop amid slowing demand

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Maleic Anhydride · 1,4-Butanediol
15 July 2020 Issue Number 351
  • Polynt to build 50 ktpa maleic anhydride plant in the US
  • Maleic anhydride prices fairly stable globally as world economy slowly recovers
  • European UPR prices down €10-20/ton, demand 20-30% off normal levels
  • BDO supply remains long and demand sluggish, globally
  • UPR demand in US and Europe continues to improve for June, early July
  • PTMEG demand improving with automotive sector recovery - but pace is slow


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Unsaturated Polyester Resins
29 June 2020 Issue Number 144
  • US UPR demand continues to improve, prices and margins largely stable
  • European UPR prices down €10-20/ton, demand off by 20-30% compared to normal
  • Chinese UPR market prices stable, operating rates declined by 1-2% in June
  • Maleic anhydride prices mixed, demand remains soft
  • US styrene spot prices much firmer. European prices up $10-20/ton compared to May
  • European phthalic anhydride prices firmer but US values stable

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