TECNON ORBICHEM

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Tecnon OrbiChem has been a leader in providing data and analysis to the petrochemical industry since 1976. We are now one of the world's foremost marketing consultancies to the bulk chemicals, petrochemicals and plastics industries. We specialise in Chemical Intermediates, Synthetic Fibres and Resins.

Tecnon OrbiChem provides independent, expert assistance on projects and strategic issues. We offer a unique combination of up-to-date market information and in-depth analysis through monthly business reports and proprietary databases.

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Epoxy Resins & Co-Reactants
23 June 2017 Issue Number 010
  • Epoxy resin price ideas a contentious issue in Europe
  • Asian imports return European epoxy resins market back into good-but-snug balance
  • US BPA market disrupted by SABIC’s force majeure on polycarbonate
  • European BPA producers resisting pressure by buyers to reduce prices
  • BPA prices in China rise with rising feedstocks and planned turnarounds
  • Epichlorohydrin demand in June driven by strong European epoxy resins

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Acrylonitrile · Acrylic Fibre
23 June 2017 Issue Number 446
  • European propylene contract prices for June settled down €40/ton
  • Lower feedstock costs pull acrylonitrile prices down, despite global tightness
  • Weaker downstream demand and lower operating rates shift acrylonitrile balances
  • Environmental protection issues cause unplanned acrylonitrile shutdowns in China
  • Acrylic fibre producers in China continue to operate at 70-80%
  • ABS prices drop in US and Europe but rebound in Asia unexpectedly

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Maleic Anhydride · 1,4-Butanediol
23 June 2017 Issue Number 314
  • BDO prices in US still firm with further increases announced
  • Quarterly BDO price negotiations ongoing in Europe; increases expected
  • BASF PTMEG force majeure lifted in North America; market still buoyant
  • Maleic prices in Europe starting to soften as supply relaxes
  • Lanxess declares force majeure on maleic anhydride
  • PO formula contract prices in Europe have fallen; US remains flat

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