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Acrylonitrile · Acrylic Fibre
19 March 2018 Issue Number 455
  • Tight supply sustains global acrylonitrile prices at current high levels
  • European acrylonitrile prices soften with lower propylene
  • Asian acrylonitrile spot prices sustained at over $1900/ton cfr in March
  • Chinese acrylic fibre margins improve after significant production curtailments
  • European acrylic fibre demand steady at good rates
  • Good demand for ABS continue globally but China prices drop a little

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Phenol · Acetone & Derivatives
16 March 2018 Issue Number 279
  • Shell idles No 3 plant at the end of February after one-month delay
  • Phenol demand strong in US and Europe – spot prices rise
  • Acetone inventory levels in the US high, importers incur large losses
  • European producers adjust acetone production to balance oversupply
  • Spot BPA availability tight in Europe – prices rise to over €1700/ton
  • US MMA producers seek further price increases on tight supply

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Orthoxylene · Phthalic Anhydride
16 March 2018 Issue Number 471
  • US MX values softer but supply still tight, European prices have also declined
  • US OX contract price for March rolls over
  • European contract price settles at €755/ton, up another €5/ton
  • Chinese OX market edges down, as PA demand is softer
  • European phthalic anhydride unchanged, uptick expected in April
  • Asian PA prices move up, supply is restricted due to maintenance turnarounds

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