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Acetic Acid · Vinyl Acetate
4 October 2019 Issue Number 385
  • Celanese shuts acetic acid, VAM units in Clear Lake, Texas, after fire
  • China acetyls market demand slows ahead of holiday in early October
  • Sipchem ramps up AA, VAM units after attacks on Saudi oil facilities
  • Ineos Oxide maintains FM on ethyl acetate after resuming production
  • US methanol contracts rolled over for October at 100-103 c/gal fob
  • Europe Q4 methanol contract settles down €35/ton at €270/ton fob

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Polyurethanes & Intermediates
4 October 2019 Issue Number 287
  • Saudi Arabia oil field attack potentially disturbs the isocyanates market
  • European TDI turnarounds ongoing
  • MPG price hikes in the US ahead of de-icing season
  • Rhine water levels continue to fall
  • European and US BDO Q4 negotiations ongoing
  • Fire at Huntsman polyol facility in Turkey

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Engineering Thermoplastics
30 September 2019 Issue Number 134
  • Polyamide 6 demand in North America steady, but slower, in September
  • Europe PA 66 market stable-to-soft as Butachimie ADN turnaround begins
  • China polycarbonate market prices lose ground in late September
  • Europe PBT market well-supplied as demand remains subdued through Q3
  • China's polyacetal resin prices ease higher in September on tight supplies
  • ABS resin prices in Asia, China increase in September on improved demand

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Fibres & Intermediates
30 September 2019 Issue Number 421
  • Polypropylene fibre markets remain depressed in all regions
  • Asia tyrecord producers running plants at 70%-75% rates during Q3
  • Market sentiment in China for polyester filament improves to some extent
  • Business sentiment in West Europe for polyester staple remains very weak
  • Chinese acrylic fibre producers see lower feedstock costs but demand is still slow
  • European viscose staple market expected to recover following a weaker-than-expected August

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Polyamide & Intermediates
27 September 2019 Issue Number 473
  • Butachimie begins scheduled adiponitrile plant turnaround in France
  • Europe PA 6, caprolactam prices flat in September despite higher benzene
  • China adipic acid firms slightly but loses momentum in late September
  • China implements anti-dumping duties on phenol imports in September
  • US caprolactam producers begin scheduled outages amid softer demand
  • Cyclohexanone demand softens during September, prices ease lower
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Ethylene Glycols • EO & EODs
27 September 2019 Issue Number 376
  • Attack in Saudi Arabia changes price trend and short-term availability of MEG
  • Asian MEG prices rise by $105 to $650/ton cfr amid short-term supply uncertainty
  • MEG in the US stable in September, but increases announced for October
  • In Europe, MEG ECP falls €29 to €606/ton. Spot values up towards €500/ton fca
  • Small reduction in European and US ethanolamines prices. Stable prices in China
  • Prices of TEG soften globally, but rise for DEG amid uncertainty on KSA supplies

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Chlorine & Derivatives
26 September 2018 Issue Number 469
  • Asian EDC prices remain in a downtrend on sluggish demand
  • Asian VCM prices firm on tightening supply
  • US PVC producers announce price increases for October
  • Formosa announce price decreases for PVC in Asia, except for India
  • Chinese ECH market sees dramatic price swings ahead of national holidays
  • Chinese Wanhua changes plans for US MDI plant

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Epoxy Resins & Co-Reactants
26 September 2019 Issue Number 036
  • LER prices slip in the US as domestic suppliers fight off low-priced imports
  • European epoxy resins prices drop in September despite rise in feedstock costs
  • Bisphenol A values in Europe climb based on rising Asian prices
  • Asian BPA prices climb on back of feedstock costs and holiday pre-buying
  • Tight European ECH availability deflects €50/ton propylene contract drop
  • Chinese ECH market sees dramatic price swings ahead of national holidays

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Unsaturated Polyester Resins
26 September 2019 Issue Number 135
  • US UPR prices flat again, demand remains soft
  • European UPR prices stable, demand stable to firm after slow summer
  • European phthalic anhydride prices firmer but US prices decline
  • US maleic anhydride prices mixed, European spot prices starting to soften
  • Asian and US styrene prices firmer, European lower, despite outages
  • US MPG prices stable, European prices mixed depending on grade

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PET Packaging Resin
20 September 2019 Issue Number 275
  • Crude oil production cuts forebode higher paraxylene and PTA prices …
  • … against over-capacity, weak PET markets and slowing polyester fibre growth
  • Attack in Saudi Arabia changes price trend and short-term availability of MEG
  • MEG Asian prices rise by $105 to $650/ton cfr amid short-term supply uncertainty
  • In Europe, MEG ECP falls €29 to €606/ton. Spot values up towards €500/ton fca
  • The PET resin market in China, remains soft with capacity expansions imminent

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Phenol · Acetone & Derivatives
20 September 2019 Issue Number 297
  • Phenol demand slipping in Europe and to a lesser extent in the US
  • Chinese phenol prices strengthen due to feedstock costs and ADD announcement
  • Acetone prices in Europe are rising as supply is tightening
  • Slowing imported acetone volumes see US spot prices strengthen
  • Chinese acetone values climb as poor phenol demand sees operating rates cut
  • Bisphenol A values in Europe climb based on rising Asian prices

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Polyester & Intermediates
19 September 2019 Issue Number 473
  • Crude oil production cuts forebode higher paraxylene and PTA prices …
  • … against over-capacity, weak PET markets and slowing polyester fibre growth
  • Attack in Saudi Arabia changes price trend and short-term availability of MEG
  • Polyester filament business confidence in the US continues to worsen
  • The outlook for the European market polyester staple market remains gloomy
  • The PET resin market in China, remains soft with capacity expansions imminent

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Phthalates · Oxo-Alcohols
17 September 2019 Issue Number 453
  • US plasticisers prices roll over into September
  • European plasticisers prices fall on lower raw materials and poor demand
  • US Oxo alcohol prices mostly steady in September
  • Plasticisers prices in China increase on the back of rising feedstocks
  • Higher crude oil prices support increases in propylene and 2-EH prices in China
  • Chinese n-butanol prices lose some momentum as supply improves

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Caustic Soda
16 September 2019 Issue Number 469
  • Georgia-Pacific bleached board mill, Arkansas to shutdown in October
  • Alpart in Nain, Jamaica shutdowns amid weak alumina prices
  • Brazilian market oversupplied, producers cut offers
  • Formosa Plastics began the planned turnaround in Mailiao, Taiwan
  • Japanese suppliers cut offers to relieve inventory pressure
  • China unable to attract buying interest owing to competitive Japanese cargoes

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Orthoxylene · Phthalic Anhydride
13 September 2019 Issue Number 489
  • The end of the gasoline-blending season is pushing US mixed xylenes prices down
  • The US orthoxylene contract price for September settles at 37 c/lb, down 4 c/lb
  • The West European orthoxylene contract price for September has not settled yet
  • Asian orthoxylene prices up as upstream values firm and supply tightens
  • US and European phthalic anhydride prices continue to slide. Demand is soft
  • Chinese PA prices up as raw materials costs increase

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Maleic Anhydride · 1,4-Butanediol
12 September 2019 Issue Number 341
  • US n-butane price rallies to over 50.00c/gal in early September
  • Ineos purchase of Ashland Composites business completes
  • European UPR prices stable to down; demand is softer but no surprise
  • Huntsman buys remaining portion of Sasol Huntsman to become sole owner
  • Maleic prices a mixed bag but weak demand promises weak outlook
  • Saudi Aramco butanes prices roll over for September at $360/ton

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Acrylic Acid & Acrylates
11 September 2019 Issue Number 341
  • US propylene settles at a rollover for August, whilst European contract falls €40/ton
  • US acrylic acid and acrylates market stable to soft in September
  • European 2-EHA spot prices soften on competition for volume in September
  • European monthly MMA prices soften again on slow demand and lengthy supply
  • Some Chinese BA producers cut operating rates due to low prices in September
  • Asian market waits to see if peak season demand will emerge next month

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Bio-Materials & Intermediates
10 September 2019 Issue Number 073
  • Special Report: Adhesives remain a high-growth area for bio-based chemical developments
  • Global spending on hydrogen R&D and demonstration by national governments has risen
  • Avantium’s Mekong technology demo plant to start in November 2019
  • Novamont to build an FDCA demo plant in Terni, Italy
  • Pockets of tightness lingers for Asian oleic acid market
  • Locus Bio-Energy Solutions targets biosurfactants for the oil and gas industry
  • CHEMICAL PROFILE: ACRYLAMIDE

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