Market Highlights

Orthoxylene · Phthalic Anhydride
18 April 2018 Issue Number 472
  • US and European MX values higher on improved gasoline and crude values
  • US OX contract price for April rolls over again
  • European contract price settles at €770/ton, up another €15/ton
  • Chinese OX market remains soft on ample supply and PA outages
  • European PA demand in line with expectations, supply issues being heard
  • Asian PA turnarounds continue, demand isn’t great but prices are improving

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Maleic Anhydride · 1,4-Butanediol
18 April 2018 Issue Number 324
  • Ashland’s composites and intermediates business for sale
  • Flint Hills Resources considering offers to buy its Joliet site
  • Asian maleic market down as demand weakens
  • North American maleic market tight after planned outages
  • BASF’s Geismar force majeure on BDO ongoing
  • European UPR prices up again, demand is in line with expectations

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Caustic Soda
13 April 2018 Issue Number 452
  • Situation at Alunorte in Brazil continues to provide relief for the tight US balances
  • US sanctions against Rusal will disrupt caustic soda trade in US and Russia
  • Review finds no evidence of bauxite contamination after floods for Alunorte
  • Europe shows good demand though the Mediterranean demand remains weak
  • China and US trade battle to affect alumina demand in China
  • China buyers show strong resistance to price rises, slowing alumina demand

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Acetic Acid · Vinyl Acetate
13 April 2018 Issue Number 367
  • Global acetic acid market supplies to remain tight during Q2
  • China acetic acid prices slip below $700/ton fob in late March
  • VAM prices edge higher in reaction to feedstock price hikes
  • Methanol contract prices for US, Europe roll over in April/Q2
  • Ineos Oxide advances potential European VAM plant project
  • Celanese, Blackstone cancel proposed cellulose acetate merger

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Acrylic Acid & Acrylates
12 April 2018 Issue Number 324
  • Propylene contract in the US falls 6c/lb for March; EU April contract up €10/ton
  • 2-EH supply remains tight in the US despite BASF force majeure being called off
  • US acrylic acid and acrylates market sees good demand in April
  • European butyl acrylates market tightens in March/April; spot prices firmer
  • Asian acrylic acid and acrylates prices firm on supply issues
  • Commercial operation of SAMAC’s MMA and PMMA plants commenced on 2 April 2018

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Polyurethanes & Intermediates
11 April 2018 Issue Number 269
  • BASF’s force majeure on TDI Geismar, Louisiana, US ongoing
  • Huntsman announces restriction of MDI sales in Rozenburg
  • BASF TDI Ludwigshafen reactor installation ongoing
  • Triple-digit price increases seen for European and Middle East and Africa TDI
  • PO prices in Europe decrease on lower propylene contract settlement

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Bio-Materials & Intermediates
10 April 2018 Issue Number 056
  • Special Report: Renewable diesel producers expand into chemicals
  • DuPont expands bio-PDO capacity • Rennovia ceases operations
  • Bio-succinic acid prices in Europe, North America rose on higher petro-SA price
  • Total Corbion PLA starts PLA pilot plant in Thailand
  • CHEMICAL PROFILE: POLYLACTIC ACID (PLA)

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Fibres & Intermediates
29 March 2018 Issue Number 403
  • ChinChinese acrylic fibre margins improve after significant production cuts
  • PA 66 polymer and intermediates supply  tight globally
  • West European and US carpet markets improving
  • Polyester filament and staple demand in West Europe taxing supply
  • Chinese polyester markets off to a slow start post-holiday
  • US polypropylene staple demand underpinned good nonwovens’ and geotextiles markets

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Chlorine & Derivatives
29 March 2018 Issue Number 451
  • More chlorine and HCl increases announced in the US
  • Ercros will expand chlorine and caustic soda capacity at Vila Seca
  • Asian EDC prices steady, supply improves
  • European PVC prices roll over for most the part
  • Epichlorohydrin prices in China soften due to lack of demand
  • BASF takes TDI unit in Ludwigshafen down to install reactor

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Polyamide & Intermediates
28 March 2018 Issue Number 455
  • Global Polyamide 66 polymer supplies tighten in late Q1
  • Butachimie steadily increases ADN, HMDA output in France
  • Ascend lifts force majeure on HMDA supplies from its US plant
  • Taiwan caprolactam prices maintain firm trend during March
  • US PA 6, caprolactam market supplies improve as FMs lifted
  • EurPolyamide 6 filament market seeing upturn in demand in Europe

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Unsaturated Polyester Resins
27 March 2018 Issue Number 117
  • US UPR prices increase marginally, market fundamentals stable
  • Feedstock prices mixed in March, some move up and others down
  • European UP resin prices up a little and demand remains in line with expectations
  • Phthalic anhydride prices up in both Europe and US
  • European maleic anhydride prices stable, increases announced for the US
  • Global styrene prices starting to cool, maintenances ending in Europe and US


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Epoxy Resins & Co-Reactants
23 March 2018 Issue Number 019
  • US producers announce 10-12 c/lb increases on epoxy resins for April
  • European epoxy resins prices rise by €100-250/ton
  • Chinese demand remains below expectations as buyers wait for lower April offers
  • Asian LER oversupply hit by soft Chinese demand and wariness in Europe and US
  • Spot BPA availability tight in Europe – prices rise to over €1700/ton
  • Epichlorohydrin prices in China soften due to lack of demand

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PET Packaging Resin
22 March 2018 Issue Number 257
  • Global paraxylene and PTA prices stabilise as heat begins to come out of the market
  • Further PIA and metaxylene capacity expansion plans emerge in Asia
  • PTA producers in North America are actively seeking export opportunities
  • China cfr MEG prices collapse due to reduced demand and high stocks
  • Alpek, Indorama and Far Eastern to purchase M&G’s Corpus Christi PTA-PET assets
  • Resin supply continues to dominate North American PET packaging markets

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Polyester & Intermediates
22 Marc 2018 Issue Number 455
  • Global paraxylene and PTA prices stabilise as heat begins to come out of the market
  • Further PIA and metaxylene capacity expansion plans emerge in Asia
  • China MEG prices collapse by $150/ton due to reduced demand and high stocks
  • West European polyester textile filament producers continue to operate at full capacity
  • Demand for polyester staple fibre in China weakens due to labour shortages
  • Alpek, Indorama and Far Eastern agree to purchase M&G’s Corpus Christi PTA-PET assets

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Ethylene Glycols • EO & EODs
22 March 2018 Issue Number 358
  • Ethylene and EO moved down in US and Europe. Stable-to-firm values in Asia
  • China MEG values collapse $150/ton due to reduced demand and high stocks
  • Stable MEG contract in the US, but decreases are announced for April
  • Europe MEG ECP settled down by €12/ton. Further correction expected
  • DEG values are stable in Europe and the US. High increases noted for TEG
  • Stable-to-soft global prices for ethanolamine based on improved supply

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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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Engineering Thermoplastics
16 March 2018 Issue Number 116
  • Global polyamide 66 polymer supplies tighten in late Q1
  • US polycarbonate market firm in March on strong demand
  • Asian ABS resin prices above $2000/ton in mid-March
  • US PBT market remains strong due to tight BDO feedstock
  • China polyacetal resin prices see sharp rise after Spring Festival
  • US polyamide 6 resin supplies increase steadily in March

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Phthalates · Oxo-Alcohols
16 March 2018 Issue Number 435
  • US plasticisers prices steady in the first half of March
  • European C9-C10 plasticisers prices stable for the most part but DOTP rise further
  • Plasticisers prices in China steady to soft
  • BASF lifts force majeure on 2-EH in the US
  • 2-EH prices in Europe remain in an uptrend, supply tightens
  • Several Oxo alcohols units in China schedule turnarounds in the second quarter

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