Market Highlights

Caustic Soda
17 August 2017 Issue Number 444
  • European markets remain tight with stock levels in June at an all-time low
  • US market is tight but buyers are still pushing against recent price increases
  • Middle East markets are now seasonally quiet and prices remain unchanged
  • Demand levels across some parts of Asia have increased again this month
  • With supply still tight in Asia, and demand good, prices have risen slightly
  • China’s production reduced in June as a result of government inspections

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Phenol · Acetone & Derivatives
16 August 2017 Issue Number 272
  • Phenol prices depressed as oversupply pervades in all regions
  • Acetone prices weaken as supply returns to balance in all regions
  • Bisphenol A prices roll over as US availability remains snug
  • European bisphenol A market prices soften in summer slowdown
  • US MMA tighter as Lucite suffers unplanned outage at Beaumont, US
  • Demand for polycarbonate still very strong in all regions

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Phthalates · Oxo-Alcohols
16 August 2017 Issue Number 428
  • US C9-C10 plasticiser prices steady in August
  • European plasticisers prices lose some ground
  • Chinese DOP prices slip on improving viability and lower 2-EH prices
  • US Oxo alcohols prices roll over in August
  • Oxo alcohols prices in China retreat on increasing supply
  • Chinese plasticisers plants continue to be affected by environmental restrictions

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Engineering Thermoplastics
15 August 2017 Issue Number 109
  • Europe polyamide 6 resin prices easing lower in Q3
  • Firmer raw material prices boosting PA 6 in Asia, China
  • ABS prices continuing upward trend in Asia, China markets
  • PBT resin Q3 market prices swing higher in US, Europe
  • SABIC resumes operations at Alabama polycarbonate plant
  • US, Europe polyacetal resin markets mostly stable in Q3

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Orthoxylene · Phthalic Anhydride
15 August 2017 Issue Number 464
  • US MX prices improved in August as crude and gasoline prices strengthened
  • US OX contract price increased by 0.5 c/lb to 37.5 c/lb for August
  • European OX contract agreed down by €30/ton at €750/ton
  • Chinese OX market sentiment is weak but prices have improved since early July
  • European phthalic anhydride market well supplied amidst summer slow down
  • Chinese phthalic anhydride supply has improved and prices have moved down

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Maleic Anhydride · 1,4-Butanediol
14 August 2017 Issue Number 316
  • Ashland declares force majeure on BDO and THF in Germany
  • Butanes prices increasing worldwide
  • Increase in n-butane price in US prompts maleic price increase
  • Asian maleic prices firm on higher butanes values
  • Lanxess maleic force majeure lifted 20 July
  • Auto sales in Europe continue to increase in July

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Polyurethanes & Intermediates
9 August 2017 Issue Number 261
  • MDI prices continue to rise; Wanhua in Yantai to shut for a two-week turnaround
  • Borsodchem takes one-month maintenance at its MDI and TDI units in Europe
  • TDI prices in China spike following supply tightness
  • PO supply is tight in Europe after several production issues
  • BDO supply still tight in the US and Europe, while in Asia, prices continue on a downtrend
  • Adipic acid prices in China rise as turnarounds limit supply


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Acetic Acid · Vinyl Acetate
9 August 2017 Issue Number 359
  • China acetic acid outages offer boost to domestic market prices
  • Europe ethyl acetate prices surge after Ineos production outage
  • VAM plant turnarounds to keep Asia supplies tight in August
  • US acetic anhydride producers pushing for August price increases
  • PTA demand in North America, Europe remains strong in Q3
  • Methanol prices trading in narrow ranges amid steady demand

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Bio-Materials & Intermediates
9 August 2017 Issue Number 048
  • TerraVia files for bankruptcy, Corbion bids for assets
  • LanzaTech forms collaboration in India and South Africa to build ethanol plants
  • Braskem builds demo facility in Denmark for sugar-to-MEG catalytic technology
  • Arkema plans expansion in China for aminoundecanoic acid and PA11 production
  • MSU researchers develop 100% bio-based adhesive resins on plywood based on lignin
  • BioAmber acquires 100% ownership in BioAmber Sarnia with an equity stake buyout from Mitsui

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Synthetic Fibres
8 August 2017 Issue Number 396
  • There has been no sign of any recovery in the market for acrylic fibre in China
  • Most polyamide producers in China maintain operating rates during the low season
  • Weak demand forces West European polyamide BCF producers to cut rates to 30-40%
  • Demand for polyester filament yarn in China remains strong but staple sales slow
  • Demand in India for polyester filament grows further, but sales of staple stabilise
  • Shipments of polyester BCF, textile and industrial filament all develop in the US

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Epoxy Resins & Co-Reactants
31 July 2017 Issue Number 011
  • European epoxy resin producers drop prices by €20-30/ton in July
  • Strong demand gives US producers impetus to resist price reductions
  • BPA prices remain stable in the US and Europe but rise in Asia
  • Maintenance turnarounds in Asia could tighten BPA availability
  • High glycerine prices are curbing ECH production particularly in Asia
  • A South Korean ECH producer announces a $200/ton increase for August

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Polyamide & Intermediates
31 July 2017 Issue Number 447
  • Europe caprolactam, PA 6 polymer prices ease lower in July
  • China caprolactam prices rebound in July on tight supply
  • Polyamide 6 prices in Asia bolstered by feedstock hikes
  • Strong demand supporting PA 66 prices in US, Europe
  • Adipic acid prices in Europe see slight decrease during July
  • Cyclohexane remains tight as production problems persist

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Chlorine & Derivatives
28 July 2017 Issue Number 443
  • European PVC prices decrease, demand starts to slow down
  • Asian EDC prices slip further down in July
  • Asian PVC prices recover some ground amid bullish market sentiment
  • MDI prices continue to rise in both Europe and the US
  • TDI supply in the US and Europe has tightened further
  • PO prices in China continue to fluctuate on supply shortage

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Ethylene Glycols • EO & EODs
27 July Issue Number 350
  • Improved economics for most EO applications, as ethylene prices fall globally
  • Strong MEG demand allows margin increases for producers in all areas
  • MEG in China up to $850/ton cfr, based on strong demand and stock building July
  • July MEG stable in Europe, up 2 c/lb in US. Increases expected for August
  • DEG regional price gaps remain – down in Europe, up in Asia and stable in the US
  • Ethanolamine prices roll over in US and Europe, but remain weak in Asia

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Unsaturated Polyester Resins
27 July 2017 Issue Number 109
  • US UP resin prices decline marginally in July but overall remain stable
  • Titanium dioxide and neopently glycol supply is causing concern globally
  • European UP resin prices stable with some minor declines
  • US phthalic anhydride prices rollover in July, prices in Europe continue to move down
  • Maleic prices in the US were stable in July and European prices continue to soften
  • Styrene prices starting to soften globally after production issues pushed them up during July


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PET Packaging Resin
26 July 2017 Issue Number 249
  • Paraxylene demand good in all regions, but supply also ample
  • Chinese PTA markets tighten and margins improve – prompting restarts?
  • Strong MEG demand allows margin increases for producers in all areas
  • MEG in China moves up to $850/ton cfr, based on strong demand and stock building
  • Northern Hemisphere PET resin demand strong at peak season
  • Asian PET resin exports steady at good rates

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Polyester & Intermediates
26 July 2017 Issue Number 447
  • Paraxylene demand good in all regions, but supply also ample
  • Chinese PTA markets tighten and margins improve – prompting restarts?
  • Strong MEG demand allows margin increases for producers in all areas
  • Production and shipments of polyester BCF hit record levels in North America
  • Demand for polyester filament and staple in China shows unseasonal strength
  • Northern Hemisphere PET resin demand strong at peak season

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Acrylonitrile · Acrylic Fibre
21 July 2017 Issue Number 447
  • European propylene contract price for July settled down €50/ton to €790/ton
  • Acrylonitrile prices stable due to short term tightness
  • Longer supply in the long term will place acrylonitrile margins under pressure
  • Environmental protection issues impact on acrylonitrile plants in Shandong
  • Shipments of acrylic spun yarn continue to weaken in the North American market
  • Asian ABS prices strengthen in July on higher styrene, butadiene

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Acrylic Acid & Acrylates
14 July 2017 Issue Number 315
  • July propylene contract for Europe down €50/ton; US prices stable to slightly firm
  • European acrylic acid and acrylates pricing softer in July on lower feedstocks
  • Dow announces 5c/lb increase on US acrylic acid and acrylates for July
  • European buyers face a significant increase in MMA third quarter contracts
  • Chinese MMA prices strengthen to Rmb 20500-21000/ton, a historic high
  • Chinese acrylates prices move down in June and July

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