Market Highlights

Acrylic Acid & Acrylates
17 October 2018 Issue Number 330
  • US propylene contract settles up 1c/lb in September; European October contract up €20/ton
  • European 2-EH prices stabilise in September on improved availability
  • US 2-EH and n-butanol producers seek stable prices in October
  • European acrylic acid and acrylates demand slower in September and early October
  • Chinese acrylic acid and acrylates prices spike on firmer feedstocks, higher demand and shutdowns
  • South Korea sees slower PMMA demand in September and October


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Polyurethanes & Intermediates
15 October 2018 Issue Number 275
  • Covestro announces investment in world scale US MDI plant
  • Triple digit decreases for European TDI prices
  • BASF’s MPG European plant starts planned turnaround
  • More price increase announcements for US MPG
  • BDO quarter four price negotiations ongoing
  • US MDI listed on trade war between the US and China

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Acetic Acid · Vinyl Acetate
15 October 2018 Issue Number 373
  • China domestic, export acetic acid prices increase in September
  • Europe Q4 acetic acid contract talks extended due to varying opinions
  • Celanese shuts Clear Lake, Texas, VAM unit for debottleneck work
  • China ethyl acetate market demand under pressure during Q4
  • Europe Q4 methanol contract settles higher at €428/ton fob Rotterdam
  • US methanol contract edges higher to 148-149 c/gal for October

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Bio-Materials & Intermediates
3 October 2018 Issue Number 062
  • Special Report: Commercialisation starts for renewable aroma ingredients
  • DuPont Industrial Biosciences completes Sorona® expansion
  • Versalis acquires M&G’s green chemistry businesses
  • Ex-Verdezyne CEO establishes VertuBio
  • Visolis, LCY Chemical won bid on BioAmber’s Sarnia assets
  • Danimer expands PHA fermentation capacity
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Fibres & Intermediates
28 September 2018 Issue Number 409
  • Chinese acrylic fibre producers reducing production in response to weak margins
  • In North America, weakening carpet demand beginning to impact polyester BCF production
  • Demand for staple in Europe strengthens as yarn spinning markets recover
  • EU polyamide filament markets mixed in post-holiday business
  • China polyamide filament demand seasonally strong
  • Polypropylene demand in Europe hurt by weakening Turkish economy

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Ethylene Glycols • EO & EODs
28 September 2018 Issue Number 364
  • Ethylene remains stable in Europe, but moves up in the US and down in Asia
  • China MEG values below $900/ton cfr with high volatility during the month
  • Hurricane Florence and exports to Europe bring balance to the US MEG market
  • MEG ECP confirmed at €999/ton for August, first September deal at €1012/ton
  • Stable global DEG and TEG prices, but outlook for each product differs
  • Ethanolamine values move up in the US; stability in Europe and Asia

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Chlorine & Derivatives
28 September 2018 Issue Number 457
  • Asian EDC prices steady, supply out of the US remains tight
  • US PVC producers announce domestic price increases for October
  • European PVC prices stable from the most part
  • INOVYN will expand PVC and VCM capacity at Jemeppe, Belgium
  • Asahimas Chemical in Indonesia will increase PVC capacity in 2021
  • LyondellBasell begins construction of the world’s largest PO plant

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Unsaturated Polyester Resins
27 September 2018 Issue Number 123
  • UPR prices in US increase, demand remains healthy
  • In Europe only 40-70% of announced increases have been pushed through
  • Phthalic anhydride in Europe up again, US prices stable but will increase in October
  • Maleic prices stable in US and Europe but up in Asia
  • Global styrene prices retreating as supply improves
  • Price increases for MPG in the US announced by three producers


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Polyamide & Intermediates
27 September 2018 Issue Number 461
  • US polyamide 6 resin, caprolactam prices increase in late Q3
  • Strong cyclohexanone prices boosting China caprolactam levels
  • Global polyamide 66 prices continue upward trend in September
  • Invista planning 40 ktpa polyamide 66 plant at Shanghai for 2020
  • EU polyamide filament markets mixed in post-holiday business
  • China polyamide filament demand seasonally strong
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Epoxy Resins & Co-Reactants
27 September 2018 Issue Number 025
  • LER European market sees confused pricing in September
  • Chinese LER market could slow further in October
  • Freely negotiated Bisphenol A prices in Europe soften by €150/ton
  • US and Chinese BPA prices roll over on steady demand
  • Shutdowns at two Asian producers tightens ECH in the region
  • Imported ECH offers into Asia start to climb by $100/ton in September

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Engineering Thermoplastics
21 September 2018 Issue Number 122
  • China polycarbonate resin prices continue five-month slump
  • European PA 6 market maintains stable prices in September
  • Asia ABS resin demand reasonably strong during September
  • Global PA 66 supplies remain tight, prices still in upward trend
  • Lively automobile market boosts POM resin demand in Europe
  • Steady demand seen for PBT resin in North America during Q3

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Polyester & Intermediates
20 September 2018 Issue Number 461
  • Paraxylene and PTA prices soar; Asian market volatility a cause for caution
  • JBF to sell petrochemical assets, including polyester and PTA, to KKR & Co.
  • China MEG values below $900/ton cfr with high volatility during the month
  • In North America, weakening demand is beginning to impact BCF production
  • Demand for staple in Europe strengthens as yarn spinning markets recover

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PET Packaging Resin
20 September 2018 Issue Number 263
  • Paraxylene and PTA prices soar; Asian market volatility a cause for caution
  • JBF to sell petrochemical assets, including polyester and PTA, to KKR & Co.
  • China MEG values below $900/ton cfr with high volatility during the month
  • In North America, weakening demand is beginning to impact BCF production
  • Demand for staple in Europe strengthens as yarn spinning markets recover
  • PET producers in China are concerned about margins and market prospects

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Phthalates · Oxo-Alcohols
18 September 2018 Issue Number 441
  • US plasticisers prices increase in September on higher feedstock costs
  • European plasticisers prices mostly steady with some increases reported
  • Oxo alcohols prices in Europe remain stable, Perstorp starts its shutdown
  • Minor to moderate increases reported for US Oxo alcohol prices
  • DOTP price in China jump on surging PTA
  • China announces antidumping duties on some NBA imports

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Phenol · Acetone & Derivatives
17 September 2018 Issue Number 285
  • New CNOOC/Shell phenol/acetone plant unexpectedly shuts down
  • European phenol spot prices €380-450/ton above the benzene contract
  • Acetone offers in Europe heard at extreme lows of €550/ton
  • Chinese polycarbonate prices lose 25% of their value over four months
  • Polycarbonate Asian import prices drop by $350-450/ton in September
  • US MMA producers seek further hike in September on tight supply

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Acrylonitrile · Acrylic Fibre
17 September 2018 Issue Number 461
  • Tight supply keeps pushing global acrylonitrile prices upwards
  • Propylene price trends diverge: US down, Europe and Asia up
  • Asian acrylonitrile spot prices hit $2250/ton cfr in September
  • High feedstock costs reduced ABS margin in recent months
  • Chinese acrylic fibre producers reducing production in response to weak margins
  • European acrylic fibre demand starting slowly following August’s holidays

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Caustic Soda
14 September 2018 Issue Number 457
  • US price increases for Q4 have been announced as $50/short ton
  • Alunorte expects to resume normal operation of its alumina plant by Q1 2019
  • Europe is going through a period with significant maintenance outages
  • The Rhine and Danube suffer from low water levels, hindering shipments
  • Buyers cautious after sanctions, Iranian cargoes seldom seen in Southeast Asia
  • China domestic and spot export prices have increased in the past month

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Orthoxylene · Phthalic Anhydride
14 September 2018 Issue Number 477
  • Global MX prices remain high on strong PX demand and high energy prices
  • US OX contract price for September increases by 2 c/lb to 46 c/lb
  • European OX contract price not yet fully settled
  • Asian OX prices remain high and supply tight
  • European PA supply is improving but prices remain high
  • Asian PA softer on the back of sluggish Chinese domestic prices and demand

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Maleic Anhydride · 1,4-Butanediol
13 September 2018 Issue Number 329
  • GIKIL’s general manager arrested in Bosnia
  • Rhine water levels increase to 79cm at Kaub
  • European maleic prices remain stable for September
  • US maleic prices are unchanged for September but may go up in October
  • China continues to be impacted by environmental regulations
  • Asian maleic prices move upward, driven by high feedstock costs

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