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September 1, 2015
Americas Styrenics (The Woodlands, TX) has announced a 5 ct/lb decrease in the transaction price of all grades of polystyrene, effective 1 September....
http://www.chemweek.com/economics/prices/Americas-Styrenics-cuts-polystyrene-by-5-ctslb_73373.html
August 19, 2015
ACC’s US chemical production regional index (CPRI) rose 0.3% on a sequential basis in July, after a 0.2% increase in June and flat readings from March to May. Output of organic...
http://www.chemweek.com/economics/prices/ACCs-US-CPRI-increases-in-July_73079.html
July 21, 2015
ACC’s Chemical Production Regional Index (CPRI) for the United States, a barometer of industry activity, rose 0.5% sequentially in June, following a 0.1% decline in May and a...
http://www.chemweek.com/economics/prices/ACCs-CPRI-expands-in-June_72338.html
July 14, 2015
Styrene monomer spot prices in Europe  are staying at recently inflated levels despite downward pressure on benzene as crude oil falls back below $60/bbl. Styrene spot prices...
http://www.chemweek.com/economics/prices/Europe-styrene-spot-prices-hold-despite-lower-crude-pressure-on-benzene_71945.html
July 9, 2015
Omnova Solutions (Beachwood, OH) has announced a price increase in the Americas of 5 cts/wet lb. or 10 cts/dry lb. on all styrene-butadiene latex (SB latex) products, effective 1 August. BASF announced an equivalent increase on 8 July....
http://www.chemweek.com/economics/prices/Omnova-ups-price-of-SB-latex_72059.html
July 9, 2015
Hanwha Chemical (Seoul) has declared force majeure at its 280,000-m.t./year polyvinyl chloride (PVC) facility at Ulsan, South Korea. The plant has been shut down and PVC exports...
http://www.chemweek.com/economics/prices/Hanwha-declares-force-majeure-on-PVC-at-Ulsan-market-firms-slightly-on-speculative-buying_72005.html
July 8, 2015
During the week ended 4 July, chemical railcar traffic in North America decreased 0.6% year-over-year (YOY) on fewer loadings in the United States...
http://www.chemweek.com/economics/prices/US-pulls-down-North-America-weekly-chemical-rail-traffic_72018.html
July 8, 2015
Tronox (Stamford, CT) says its alkali chemicals business will increase list and off-list soda ash prices by $12.00/short ton for all grades, both bulk and packaged, effective 1 September. The list price for railcar and hopper truck quantities of dense-grade soda ash will be 302.00/ton, fob Westvaco or Granger, WY, says Tronox....
http://www.chemweek.com/economics/prices/Tronox-increases-price-of-soda-ash_72017.html
July 1, 2015
During the week ended 27 June, chemical railcar traffic in North America decreased year-over-year (YOY) on a steep decline in Mexico....
http://www.chemweek.com/economics/prices/North-America-weekly-chemical-rail-traffic-drops-1-3-percent-YOY_71831.html
June 24, 2015
During the week ended 20 June, chemical railcar traffic in North America declined 0.3% year-over-year (YOY) as gains in the United States were not enough to offset declines in Mexico....
http://www.chemweek.com/economics/prices/North-America-weekly-chemical-rail-traffic-down-0-3-percent-YOY_71593.html
June 24, 2015
Specialty chemical volumes in the United States declined 0.4% sequentially in May, as declines which have persisted since December continued, according to ACC’s specialty...
http://www.chemweek.com/economics/prices/ACC-US-specialties-volumes-decline-in-May_71579.html
June 23, 2015
ACC’s chemical activity barometer (CAB), a leading indicator of economic activity, rose 0.7% sequentially in June, following a similar increase in May. April’s sequential...
http://www.chemweek.com/economics/prices/ACC-CAB-index-rises-in-June_71541.html
June 17, 2015
During the week ended 13 June, chemical railcar traffic in North America decreased 2.1% year-over-year (YOY) on declines in Canada and Mexico....
http://www.chemweek.com/economics/prices/North-America-weekly-chemical-railcar-traffic-down-2-1-percent-YOY_71405.html
June 5, 2015
Economic reports for the past week present an ambiguous picture of the US economy, according to a review by the ACC. Shipments of chemicals excluding pharmaceuticals fell again in April, but inventory levels remained low....
http://www.chemweek.com/economics/prices/ACC-April-chemical-shipments-down-but-inventories-remain-low_71035.html
June 3, 2015
Oxea (Oberhausen, Germany) says it will increase list and off-list prices on trimethylolpropane in Europe by €140/m.t. The change will go into effect on 1 July, says the company....
http://www.chemweek.com/economics/prices/Oxea-increases-EU-prices-of-trimethylolpropane_70979.html
May 27, 2015

During the week ended 23 May, chemical railcar traffic in North America fell year-on-year (YOY) on declines throughout the region but remained ahead on a year-to-date basis. For all of North America, chemical railcar traffic during the week totaled 43,484 carloads, up 1.2% from the previous week but down 2.1% YOY, according to data released on 27 May by the Association of American Railroads (AAR).

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http://www.chemweek.com/economics/prices/North-America-chemical-rail-traffic-remains-ahead-year-to-date_70726.html
May 22, 2015
Eastman Chemical says it will increase prices on methyl isobutyl ketone (MIBK) in North America and Latin America by 5 cts/lb ($110/m.t.), effective 5 June or as contracts allow. The company cites elevated operating costs, especially in raw materials....
http://www.chemweek.com/economics/prices/Eastman-to-increase-MIBK-prices_70638.html
May 11, 2015
China’s producer price index (PPI) for April, 0.3% versus minus 0.1 in March, contracted for the 38th consecutive month. April's figure is down 4.6% year-on-year (YOY) but...
http://www.chemweek.com/economics/prices/Chinas-April-PPI-contracts-for-38th-straight-month_70277.html
March 27, 2015
Albemarle yesterday said it is raising prices for elemental bromine and bromine derivatives by 30%. The increases will be effective immediately or as soon as contracts permit. Clear...
http://www.chemweek.com/economics/prices/Albemarle-raises-elemental-bromine-prices_68985.html
March 24, 2015
With European spot prices for benzene moving back up to $700 per mt CIF ARA, a triple digit increase in the April contract price looks feasible as the length which weighed on March...
http://www.chemweek.com/economics/prices/European-benzene-stronger-ahead-of-CP-talks_68856.html
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