TECNON ORBICHEM

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Tecnon OrbiChem has been a leader in providing data and analysis to the petrochemical industry since 1976. We are now one of the world's foremost marketing consultancies to the bulk chemicals, petrochemicals and plastics industries. We specialise in Chemical Intermediates, Synthetic Fibres and Resins.

Tecnon OrbiChem provides independent, expert assistance on projects and strategic issues. We offer a unique combination of up-to-date market information and in-depth analysis through monthly business reports and proprietary databases.

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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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