Market Highlights

Phenol · Acetone & Derivatives
20 October 2017 Issue Number 274
  • All force majeures lifted by US producers but phenol supply still tight
  • BPA production in the US hampered by short availability of phenol
  • Cepsa declares force majeure on cumene, phenol and acetone following a fire
  • Phenol suppliers in Europe have little spare material
  • Chinese phenol prices rising due to increased demand and plant shutdowns
  • Acetone prices in China slipping due to soft demand

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Phthalates · Oxo-Alcohols
20 October 2017 Issue Number 430
  • US plasticisers prices surge in October, supply improves
  • European C9/C10 plasticisers prices stable to slightly up on tighter supply
  • Plasticiser prices in China have weakened after the holidays
  • Turkey imposes antidumping duties on DOP and DOTP imports from South Korea
  • US oxo alcohols supply improves, prices jump in October
  • 2-EH prices in China weaken on increasing supply

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Orthoxylene · Phthalic Anhydride
19 October 2017 Issue Number 466
  • US MX prices have softened post-Harvey but fresh supply issues linger
  • US OX contract for September settled up 4c/lb, October moved down by 4 c/lb
  • European OX not yet fully settled, initial settlement heard at €720/ton
  • Chinese OX prices have improved somewhat as inventories remain low
  • European phthalic anhydride market has seen some improvement in October
  • Chinese phthalic anhydride supply is stable but demand remains slow

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Engineering Thermoplastics
19 October 2017 Issue Number 111
  • Polyamide 6 resin prices in Asia, China, increase in early October
  • Polyamide 66 market keeping close watch on intermediate supplies
  • Europe polycarbonate resin market remains balanced-to-tight in Q4
  • PBT markets remain under pressure from higher BDO feedstock
  • BASF to purchase Solvay’s polyamides business for €1.6 billion
  • Celanese expands capacities for various ETPs, including POM, PBT

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Caustic Soda
18 October 2017 Issue Number 446
  • US operating rates were down by 5.0% in September due to hurricane impact
  • Pricing levels in the US market have continued to rise as supply remains tight
  • European sellers announced and achieved price increases of €100/ton for Q4
  • Prices in Southeast Asia have risen as supply was limited and demand good
  • Some plants in Northeast Asia have completed outages but prices remain firm
  • Chinese prices have continued to rise due to the very tight market conditions

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Acrylic Acid & Acrylates
18 October 2017 Issue Number 318
  • Propylene contract for September up by 7c/lb in the US; further increase expected for October
  • US acrylic acid producers seek increases of 9-10c/lb for October
  • Supply of AA and acrylates improves significantly after last month’s hurricane related disruption
  • European AA and acrylates prices on the rise; availability tightens in October
  • Chinese AA and BA prices dip after Golden Week holiday in early October
  • MMA prices rise globally in October on tight supply and ongoing strong demand

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Maleic Anhydride · 1,4-Butanediol
16 October 2017 Issue Number 318
  • Huntsman, FHR and Ashland announce price increase of 2c/lb on maleic for October
  • November maleic increases at 2c/lb and 4c/lb as n-butane prices continue to firm
  • US UPR prices increase as feedstocks rise.  Price increases announced by producers
  • Hurricane Harvey and Irma cause major disruption in the US
  • European UP resin prices increase; producers announce increases of €100-130/ton
  • Butanes prices rise again to $580/ton fob Ras Tanura; up $80/ton from September

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Synthetic Fibres
16 October 2017 Issue Number 398
  • ThGlobal demand for acrylic staple fibre weakens and plants run at low utilisation
  • The Chinese polyamide 6 filament market turns in the second half of the month
  • Demand for polyester filament yarn and staple fibre in China continues to be strong
  • Demand in India for polyester filament yarn is also improving and prices rising
  • Shipments of polyester BCF in the North American market continue to be good
  • Sales of polypropylene staple to the West European nonwoven market do not recover

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Polyurethanes & Intermediates
13 October 2017 Issue Number 263
  • US MDI and TDI recovery could take months; Europe more stable
  • Contaminated TDI batches produced in Ludwigshafen cause concern
  • TDI prices in China and the Middle East/Africa stabilise after steep rises last month
  • Higher propylene costs in the US push PO/PG prices up
  • BDO price increases in the US have been announced for Q4
  • Invista’s force majeure in the US remains in place, despite progress towards restart


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Acetic Acid · Vinyl Acetate
12 September 2017 Issue Number 361
  • US acetyls markets see steady recovery from effects of Harvey
  • Eastman suffers coal gasification unit outage in early October
  • Acetic acid prices rise sharply in China, Asia in September
  • VAM producers eyeing further price increases during October
  • US, European methanol contracts tick higher for October/Q4
  • M&G stops PET production as supplier halts PTA deliveries

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Bio-Materials & Intermediates
10 October 2017 Issue Number 050
  • Special Report: Updates on bio-surfactant: SC Johnson acquires Ecover and Method
  • Enerkem starts ethanol production using biomethanol feedstock
  • Origin Materials licenses Eastman’s FDCA process technology
  • Development of bio-based alternatives to NMP strengthens
  • Bio-on starts construction of PHA facility in Italy
  • CHEMICAL PROFILE: EPOXY RESINS

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Chlorine & Derivatives
29 September 2017 Issue Number 445
  • HCl availability in the US tighten further, prices surge
  • US PVC export prices jump on tight supply after the Hurricane
  • European PVC prices increase slightly over ethylene
  • Asian EDC prices steady to slightly up
  • MDI and TDI prices in the US expected to rise on supply disruptions
  • TDI prices in China and the Middle East/Africa increase steeply on supply tightness

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Polyamide & Intermediates
27 September 2017 Issue Number 449
  • BASF to purchase Solvay’s polyamides business for €1.6 billion
  • Texas Gulf Coast slowly cleaning up following Hurricane Harvey
  • China caprolactam prices increase amid tightening supplies
  • Adipic acid market prices move higher in Northeast Asia, China
  • Poland’s Grupa Azoty starts new 80 ktpa PA 6 polymerisation line
  • Invista planning adiponitrile technology upgrades in France, US

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Ethylene Glycols • EO & EODs
26 September Issue Number 352
  • Ethylene, EO and EODs heavily impacted by Hurricane Harvey
  • Limited production and logistical constraints tighten US glycols and derivatives
  • MEG prices rise in US and reach $970/ton in China. Europe remains with no “ECP”
  • October global MEG offer limitations will put pressure on regional price levels
  • DEG values move up in China, stable in US and down in Europe
  • Very tight ethanolamines markets in Europe and US fuel price increases

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Epoxy Resins & Co-Reactants
26 September 2017 Issue Number 013
  • Strong epoxy resin demand in China attracts Asian imports
  • Trading activity in China peaks ahead of the Golden Week holiday
  • US producers announce a 5 c/lb increase on epoxy resins
  • ECH prices in Asia shoot up on the back of good Chinese demand
  • Europe braces itself for import volumes on ECH and epoxy resins to drop in Q4
  • Bisphenol A is perceived as tight in both the US and Europe

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Unsaturated Polyester Resins
25 September 2017 Issue Number 111
  • US UPR prices increase as feedstocks rise. Price increases announced by producers
  • Hurricane Harvey and Irma cause major disruption in the US
  • European UP resin prices up; producers announce increases of €100-130/ton
  • US phthalic anhydride prices increase but European prices remain soft
  • Maleic prices increase in the US, European prices are stable
  • Global styrene prices spike after Hurricane Harvey hits the US Gulf Coast


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PET Packaging Resin
21 September 2017 Issue Number 251
  • Hurricane Harvey hits US paraxylene supply – price increase of 3-5 c/lb anticipated
  • Alpek stops PTA supply to M&G’s PET resin plants in Mexico and Brazil
  • Hurricane Harvey is fueling global MEG prices and modifying the trade balance
  • October global MEG offer limitations will put pressure to regional price levels
  • PET production outages in Mexico and Belgium tighten already balanced markets
  • Asia PET resin volumes for both export and domestic markets strong

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Polyester & Intermediates
21 September 2017 Issue Number 449
  • Hurricane Harvey hits US paraxylene supply – price increase of 3-5 c/lb anticipated
  • Alpek stops PTA supply to M&G’s PET resin plants in Mexico and Brazil
  • Hurricane Harvey is fueling global MEG prices and modifying the trade balance
  • In North America, the polyester industrial filament market is thrown into turmoil
  • PET production outages in Mexico and Belgium tighten already balanced markets
  • Asia PET resin volumes for both export and domestic markets strong

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Acrylonitrile · Acrylic Fibre
15 September 2017 Issue Number 449
  • European propylene contract price for September settled at €830/ton
  • Global acrylonitrile market hit hard by Hurricane Harvey
  • Asian Acrylonitrile prices moved up sharply in the wake of Hurricane Harvey
  • Further drops seen in production rates for acrylic fibre in China
  • The European market for acrylic staple begins to improve after the holiday period
  • Asia, China ABS resin prices increase sharply on soaring feedstock values

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