Market Highlights

Acrylic Acid & Acrylates
8 December 2017 Issue Number 320
  • Evonik and Dow to terminate StoHaas acrylic acid joint venture
  • European propylene contract for December increases by €32/ton
  • N-butanol prices have become more stable globally
  • European 2-EHA market tight; prices firm
  • US acrylates demand still running well in early December
  • Chinese AA, BA and 2-EHA prices firm; other acrylates stable

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Caustic Soda
8 December 2017 Issue Number 448
  • US producers have announced price increases for January of $70-115/short ton
  • European producers are planning price rises for Q1 due to tight market supply
  • CUF has just confirmed its plans to purchase some of Solvay’s assets in Spain
  • Spolana in Czech Republic confirms its mercury-based chlorine plant is closed
  • Prices in Asia have dropped this month as supply lengthens and demand eases
  • Although Chinese demand has eased, Chinese producers are still at high rates

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Acetic Acid · Vinyl Acetate
8 December 2017 Issue Number 363
  • China acetic acid prices keep to firm trend in November
  • Eastman outage keeping US acetic acid, anhydride tight
  • Acetic anhydride prices maintain surge in Europe, US
  • Global VAM markets steadily moving into balanced state
  • China ethyl acetate prices surge higher on strong feedstock
  • Methanol prices steadily increase in all regions in November

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Maleic Anhydride · 1,4-Butanediol
7 December 2017 Issue Number 320
  • Saudi Aramco December contract price decreases $10/ton to $570/ton
  • European maleic market remains snug but demand slows
  • US UPR prices stable, upwards pressure from feedstocks expected in December
  • European UP resin prices flat in November, decreases have been resisted
  • US maleic anhydride market remains firm but prices stable for December
  • European maleic anhydride market steady as demand starts to slow

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Polyurethanes & Intermediates
6 December 2017 Issue Number 265
  • Wanhua takes a turnaround at two MDI units in Ningbo, China
  • MDI supply in Europe is relaxed, while the US continues to improve
  • BASF’s TDI plant in Ludwigshafen running well
  • Propylene increases in Europe push formula PO prices higher
  • Additional US BDO price increases announced for January
  • Higher benzene costs lead to higher adipic prices in US and Europe


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Bio-Materials & Intermediates
6 December 2017 Issue Number 052
  • Special Report: Global Bioplastics market to grow by 20% in the next five years
  • DSM enters farnesene production with acquisition of Amyris Brasil Ltda
  • Braskem, Haldor Topsoe to build a sugar-based MEG demo facility
  • Novamont doubles Origo-Bi® capacity in Italy
  • Perstorp launches mass balance-based renewable polyols
  • CHEMICAL PROFILE: AZELAIC ACID

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Fibres & Intermediates
30 November 2017 Issue Number 399
  • Global acrylic fibre plants continue to cut utilisation rates as demand and margins wane
  • TheChinese polyamide 6 fibre demand and pricing weakening
  • Ascend planning capacity expansions for PA 66, intermediates
  • Over 8 million tpa of Chinese PTA capacity starts/restarts in November
  • Demand in China for polyester filament yarn strengthens driving up plant utilisation
  • Domestic shipments of polyester staple in US boosted by anti dumping duties

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Chlorine & Derivatives
30 November 2017 Issue Number 447
  • Shintech files permit to expand chlorine and VCM capacity in Plaquemine, Louisiana
  • US EDC prices slip further down amid falling Asian prices
  • INOVYN will invest in a new membrane cellroom at Cologne, Germany
  • European PVC prices roll over for the most part
  • MDI prices in the US and Europe stable this month
  • European TDI inventories low following BASF’s contamination issue

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Polyamide & Intermediates
28 November 2017 Issue Number 451
  • Asia caprolactam prices soften then bounce higher in late November
  • US, Europe caprolactam market wary of potential benzene hikes
  • Polyamide 6 prices steady in US, Europe; ease lower in Asia
  • Adipic acid prices increase in all major markets in November
  • Chinese polyamide 6 fibre demand and pricing weakening
  • Ascend planning capacity expansions for PA 66, intermediates

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Unsaturated Polyester Resins
28 November 2017 Issue Number 113
  • US UPR prices stable, upwards pressure from feedstocks expected in December
  • Feedstock price are expected to jump up again in December
  • European UP resin prices flat in November, decreases have been resisted
  • US PA prices down 4 c/lb, European contact prices stable but spot is stronger
  • Maleic prices increase in both the US and Europe increase. China prices also up
  • Global styrene prices have firmed in November, supply concerns for early 2018 linger


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Ethylene Glycols • EO & EODs
27 November Issue Number 354
  • Ethylene and EO values stable in Europe and US, but increasing in China
  • Chinese MEG market remains balanced; prices flat within $890-910/ton range
  • Over-supplied MEG markets in US and Europe see price correction and export activity
  • Turnarounds in Middle East and positive sentiment in Asia support MEG prices
  • DEG prices move downwards in Europe and US, but rise in Asia
  • Post-Harvey and turnarounds, US and European ethanolamines regain balance

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Epoxy Resins & Co-Reactants
24 November 2017 Issue Number 015
  • US Hexion announces three prices increases totalling 22 c/lb
  • European epoxy resins producers announce €250-300/ton rise for December
  • Epoxy resin prices in China hit highs of $3000/ton in November
  • Chinese ECH prices almost double from mid-year to $2000/ton on tight supply
  • China imposes anti-dumping duties on BPA from Thailand
  • BPA prices in China jump – 2018 export volumes to Europe and US may shorten

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Polyester & Intermediates
23 November 2017 Issue Number 451
  • Paraxylene prices reflect higher crude oil, despite disruptions to demand
  • Over 8 million tpa of Chinese PTA capacity starts/restarts in November
  • MEG markets in US and Europe are over supplied due to M&G and JBF-RAK problems
  • Demand in China for polyester filament yarn strengthens driving up plant utilisation
  • Domestic shipments of polyester staple in US boosted by anti dumping duties
  • PET resin supply is short in the US and Mexico following the closure of M&G plants

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PET Packaging Resin
24 November 2017 Issue Number 253
  • Paraxylene prices reflect higher crude oil, despite disruptions to demand
  • Over 8 million tpa of Chinese PTA capacity starts/restarts in November
  • Europe reacts to JBF’s problems by increasing imports of PTA from China
  • MEG markets in US and Europe are over supplied due to M&G and JBF-RAK problems
  • Demand for PET in China weakens seasonally as margins remain thin
  • PET Resin supply is short in the US and Mexico following the closure of M&G plants

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Phthalates · Oxo-Alcohols
22 November 2017 Issue Number 431
  • US plasticisers prices mainly stable in November
  • European plasticisers prices steady although some decreases are also reported
  • Grupa Azoty will expand DOTP capacity next year
  • Plasticiser prices in China recovered a bit in mid-November
  • Oxo alcohol prices in Europe soften amid weakening demand
  • 2-EH prices in China steady on stable propylene

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Acrylonitrile · Acrylic Fibre
17 November 2017 Issue Number 451
  • Propylene prices still high in North America but lower elsewhere
  • Acrylonitrile price peak passes with improved supply and an end to seasonal demand
  • Asian acrylonitrile spot prices hit $2050/ton, but then soften to $1950-1970/ton cfr
  • Shandong Haili commissions 130 ktpa acrylonitrile facility but product availability unclear
  • Global acrylic fibre plants continue to cut utilisation rates as demand and margins wane
  • Chinese ABS demand remains strong – stable-to-weaker in North America and Europe

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Orthoxylene · Phthalic Anhydride
17 November 2017 Issue Number 467
  • US MX prices remain firm on stronger energy values
  • US OX contract for November rolls over at 37.5 c/lb
  • European OX price also settles at a rollover at €720/ton
  • Chinese OX prices have remained firm since October
  • European phthalic anhydride prices have firmed in November
  • Chinese phthalic anhydride supply is tight and prices are moving higher

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Engineering Thermoplastics
15 November 2017 Issue Number 112
  • China polyamide 6 polymer prices ease lower during early November
  • Ascend planning capacity increases for PA 66 polymers, intermediates in 2018
  • US PBT market prices remain firm in earn November on higher raw materials
  • Asia polycarbonate resin prices move higher on plant outages, steady demand
  • China polyacetal resin prices increase in early November on tight supplies
  • ABS prices in Europe decrease in early November in line with feedstock prices

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Phenol · Acetone & Derivatives
15 November 2017 Issue Number 275
  • Shell will idle its No 3 phenol/acetone unit at Deer Park, Texas in 2018
  • US acetone market bracing itself for tighter supplies in 2018
  • Currently rising US benzene values dampening year-end phenol demand
  • Phenol supply in Europe returning to balance following the lifting of FMs
  • China imposes anti-dumping duties on BPA from Thailand
  • BPA prices in China jump – 2018 export volumes to Europe and US may shorten

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