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 ยท Phthalic Anhydride
19 October 2018 Issue Number 478
  • Global MX values coming off after spiking again early in October
  • US OX contract price for October increases by 2 c/lb again to 48 c/lb
  • European OX contract price for October rolls over at €890/ton
  • Asian OX supply remains tight and prices high
  • European PA supply back to normal, demand starting to slow
  • Asian PA prices stronger on the back of higher naphthalene and OX

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Caustic Soda
18 October 2018 Issue Number 458
  • 10% US tariffs on China in effect as of 24 September
  • Alunorte obtains permission from authorities to resume 50% production
  • Hurricane Michael causes short outages at pulp & paper plants in the US
  • US sanctions on Rusal have been further delayed until December 12
  • Low water levels on the Rhine and Danube are ongoing, affecting shipments
  • Suzano and Fibria merger creates world’s largest pulp producer

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Acrylic Acid & Acrylates
17 October 2018 Issue Number 330
  • US propylene contract settles up 1c/lb in September; European October contract up €20/ton
  • European 2-EH prices stabilise in September on improved availability
  • US 2-EH and n-butanol producers seek stable prices in October
  • European acrylic acid and acrylates demand slower in September and early October
  • Chinese acrylic acid and acrylates prices spike on firmer feedstocks, higher demand and shutdowns
  • South Korea sees slower PMMA demand in September and October


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