Market Highlights

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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Polyurethanes & Intermediates
22 June 2017 Issue Number 259
  • MDI prices continue to rise in both Europe and the US, but decline in Asia
  • MDI supply continues to be tight in Europe but more manageable in the US
  • Chinese TDI prices continue falling on weak demand
  • PO formula contract prices in Europe have fallen; US remains flat
  • Quarterly BDO price negotiations are ongoing; increases expected
  • Adipic acid prices stable in the US and Europe, falling in Asia on weak demand


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Synthetic Fibres
22 June 2017 Issue Number 394
  • Acrylic fibre manufacturers in China continue to operate at 70-80% utilisation
  • Demand for polyamide filament weakens in Asia due to an uncertain outlook
  • Sales of polyester filament yarn increase in China but are stable in Taiwan
  • Indian government applies taxes of 18% and 5% on polyester yarns and fibre
  • Polyester staple producers in West Europe continue to run at capacity
  • The nonwoven market in North America for polypropylene staple strengthens

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Orthoxylene · Phthalic Anhydride
20 June 2017 Issue Number 462
  • US MX prices have weakened on disappointing gasoline demand
  • US OX contract price for June rolled over at 39 c/lb
  • European OX contract agreed down by €10/ton at €805/ton
  • OX market sentiment in China remains weak and prices have declined
  • Phthalic anhydride supply in Europe is increasing and prices moving down
  • Chinese phthalic anhydride prices have softened amid weak market sentiment

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Engineering Thermoplastics
20 June 2017 Issue Number 107
  • SABIC declares FM on polycarbonate from US plant in mid-June
  • Polyamide resin markets remain firm in US, EU during June
  • Asia polyamide demand recovering slowly, prices mixed in June
  • European PBT market supplies tight in June amid long lead times
  • Asian ABS prices increase $100-150/ton in June on higher styrene
  • Ibn Sina joint venture polyacetal unit ramping up for Q3 production

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Caustic Soda
20 June 2017 Issue Number 442
  • US producers have announced further price increases of $55-75/short ton
  • Price increase nominations for Q3 are now starting to be heard in Europe
  • Operations in Qatar running normally despite the diplomatic developments
  • Southeast Asian pricing holding firm due to good demand and tight supply
  • Pricing remains high but unchanged in Northeast Asia as supply is still tight
  • Chinese pricing is expected to remain stable due to limited stock availability

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Phenol · Acetone & Derivatives
15 June 2017 Issue Number 270
  • Phenol demand in the US and Europe poor but acetone still strong
  • Spot acetone prices in Europe softer but still higher than contract
  • Phenol/acetone producers in Europe announce summer turnarounds
  • BPA production problems tighten US market but prices remains stable
  • Asian imports bring the European BPA market back into balance
  • Polycarbonate demand decreasing in China; US automobile markets weak

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Acrylic Acid & Acrylates
15 June 2017 Issue Number 314
  • European propylene contract for June down €40; US May contract drops 7.5c/lb
  • European N-Butanol supply remains tight in June
  • Acrylic acid and acrylates supply in Northeast Asia impacted by plant shutdowns
  • European acrylic acid and acrylates supply more relaxed in June
  • US BA supply impacted by BASF force majeure at Freeport Texas in mid May
  • MMA global market remains tight; Chinese prices shoot up to Rmb19000-19500/ton

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Acetic Acid · Vinyl Acetate
9 June 2017 Issue Number 357
  • Celanese resumes acetyls, methanol production at Clear Lake, Texas
  • VAM supplies expected to remain tight in June on global turnarounds
  • PVOH producers scrambling to match recent VAM price increases
  • US, Europe ethyl acetate prices increase sharply during May
  • Saudi Arabia’s Sipchem shuts its acetic acid, VAM units in late May
  • Global methanol prices slip lower in May despite steady demand

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Bio-Materials & Intermediates
31 May 2017 Issue Number 044
  • Special Report: The quest for new bio-MEG sources continues
  • DSM invests in Amyris
  • METEX plans to build a 24 ktpa facility producing glycerol-based PDO and butyric acid
  • Cargill acquires BioBased Technologies Agrol® bio-polyol assets
  • Supply for mid-cut alcohols in Europe tightens on delayed Asian shipments
  • CHEMICAL PROFILE: CELLULOSE ACETATE

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Chlorine & Derivatives
31 May 2017 Issue Number 441
  • New increases announced for US chlorine prices
  • Asian EDC prices slide lower in May
  • PVC prices mainly roll over in Europe and also remain relatively stable in Asia
  • European MDI tighter on further supply issues; prices rise again in May
  • BASF restarts its TDI plant in Ludwigshafen
  • US PO formula-based contracts to fall with weaker propylene

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Polyamide & Intermediates
30 May 2017 Issue Number 445
  • Polyamide resin markets remain tight in US, Europe during May
  • Meanwhile, Asia, China polyamide market conditions weaken in May
  • Polyamide fibre markets follow regional polymer trends during May
  • May caprolactam market conditions firm in US, Europe; weak in Asia
  • Producers issue 7 c/lb increase for US caprolactam, PA polymer for June
  • Adipic acid prices maintained at higher levels during May in US, Europe

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Unsaturated Polyester Resins
26 May 2017 Issue Number 107
  • UP resin prices in the US largely flat with some small declines
  • Reichhold/Polynt merger finally completed 17 May
  • European UP resin remains stable, some minor decreases achieved by consumers
  • US PA prices decrease $1 c/lb in line with the midpoint of the April OX settlement
  • Maleic prices in the US and Europe have seen some softening in May
  • Styrene prices have stabilised globally after some upwards movement mid-month


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Phthalates · Oxo-Alcohols
26 May 2017 Issue Number 425
  • US plasticisers prices steady to slightly down in May
  • Evonik declares force majeure on plasticisers, supply tightens
  • Chinese plasticisers prices recover on rising feedstock prices
  • US oxo alcohols prices decline on falling propylene
  • Oxo alcohols prices in Europe see further gains despite steady propylene
  • Oxo alcohols supply in China tightens due to planned turnarounds

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Ethylene Glycols • EO & EODs
25 May 2017 Issue Number 348
  • Major ethylene turnarounds ending and, if Brent allows, price reductions expected
  • MEG spot prices in Asia move up from a low of $680/ton to $770/ton in just one week
  • May MEG contract down but not settled in Europe. US down 4 c/lb, in line with Asia
  • Polyester fibre in Asia and PET in the Northern Hemisphere at high levels of operation
  • DEG demand and prices up in US, stable in Europe and low in Asia
  • Balanced ethanolamines markets in US and Europe see prices increase, but Asia weak

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PET Packaging Resin
24 May 2017 Issue Number 247
  • Oil price volatility still delaying and dividing paraxylene price accords
  • Chinese PTA producers begin to idle capacity as losses mount
  • MEG spot prices in Asia move up from a low of $680/ton to $770/ton in just one week
  • May MEG contract down but not settled in Europe. US down 4 c/lb, in line with Asia
  • US PET producers implementing resin surcharge due to surging isophthalic acid costs
  • Asian PET resin shipments increasing as raw material costs reverse trajectory

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Polyester & Intermediates
24 May 2017 Issue Number 445
  • Oil price volatility still delaying and dividing paraxylene price accords
  • Chinese PTA producers begin to idle capacity as losses mount
  • MEG spot prices in Asia move up from a low of $680/ton to $770/ton in just one week
  • Demand for polyester filament in China sluggish as raw material prices soften
  • US PET producers implementing resin surcharge due to surging isophthalic acid costs
  • Asian PET resin shipments increasing as raw material costs reverse trajectory

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