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April 20, 2015
A recent spike in styrene prices in Asia is pressuring derivative producers to raise prices as their margins narrow amid short covering, tight supply, and concerns over lower stocks...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/styrene/Asia-styrene-derivative-prices-track-feedstock-price-hikes_69592.html
April 17, 2015
The first shipments of an anticipated wave of styrene imports have started to arrive in Europe. This week, imports totaling approximately 15,000 m.t. arrived there from the United...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/styrene/Wave-of-styrene-imports-starts-to-arrive-in-Europe-from-US_69568.html
April 17, 2015
Yeochun NCC (YNCC; Seoul) is on schedule to shut its no. 1 naphtha cracker and several aromatics plants from the middle of May for 30–40 days of planned maintenance, a source...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/styrene/Yeochun-NCC-on-track-to-shut-cracker-aromatics-plants-16-May-for-maintenance_69543.html
April 16, 2015
Styrene prices in Asia hit $1,410/m.t. CFR China Thursday, a level not seen since early November, IHS Chemical data shows, amid tight supply concerns and short-covering activity...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/styrene/Asian-styrene-prices-hit-levels-not-seen-since-November-2014_69466.html
April 15, 2015
Several of South Korea’s aromatics exports in March spiked on month-on-month and on year-on-year (YOY) bases, South Korea customs data show. The country transported about 478,849...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/styrene/Several-of-South-Koreas-March-aromatics-exports-spike-on-month_69430.html
April 6, 2015
Spot prices for styrene gained sharply amid strong demand in China and a turnaround season for several styrene plants in the region, IHS Chemical data show.   In February, the...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/styrene/Asian-styrene-prices-stay-firm-amid-strong-demand-and-turnaround-season_69159.html
April 1, 2015
Styrene inventories at eastern China’s ports were estimated to be about 154,000 m.t. this week, down about 12,000 m.t. from last week’s tally, data obtained by...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/styrene/Styrene-stocks-in-eastern-China-slip-amid-higher-demand-turnarounds_69078.html
March 31, 2015
China’s imports of benzene and xylenes in February spiked from January despite the Lunar New Year holidays, amid falls in other principal aromatics markets. The country...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/styrene/Chinas-benzene-xylene-imports-spike-in-February-despite-holidays_69042.html
March 24, 2015
The US Coast Guard said on Monday that traffic within the Houston Ship Channel is almost back to normal as a backlog of vessels was still being cleared out. Traffic has been heavy in...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/styrene/Houston-Ship-Channel-traffic-moving-back-to-normal_68832.html
March 20, 2015
Although most styrene producers in North America are running normally now that Styrolution has brought up its Texas City facility this week, IHS Chemical analysts suggested that...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/styrene/US-styrene-producers-may-lower-rates-amid-ethylene-issues_68784.html
March 19, 2015
Styrolution's Texas City styrene facility is back up and running, the company confirmed today. The start-up was in line with the company's expected March timeframe. The initial...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/styrene/Styrolution-brings-Texas-City-styrene-plant-back-up_68720.html
March 18, 2015
Production at Styrolution's Texas City styrene facility is still expected to restart by the end of this month, market participants say. The 500,000-m.t./year facility had been expected...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/styrene/Styrolutions-Texas-City-styrene-facility-still-expected-to-restart-this-month_68648.html
March 16, 2015
South Korea exported 104,093 m.t. of styrene in February, 4% more than the 99,722 m.t. in January and up 8% year-on-year (YOY), from 96,275 m.t., Korea Customs Service data show. The...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/styrene/Korea-exports-more-styrene-in-February_68577.html
March 13, 2015
The spread between styrene and benzene prices reached an all-time high in Europe this week as spot styrene continued to surge but benzene faltered.   March styrene offers breached...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/styrene/Europes-styrene-benzene-spread-reaches-record-high_68558.html
March 13, 2015
Spot styrene prices in Asia registered a sharp weekly fall amid market concerns about an influx of deepsea cargoes and falling Brent crude contracts, which sank below $57/barrel in...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/styrene/Styrene-prices-fell-sharply-in-Asia-this-week-other-aromatics-down_68551.html
March 6, 2015
Spot styrene and benzene prices in Asia spiked as much as 12% and 14%, respectively, week-on-week today following the return of market participants in China after their Lunar New Year...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/styrene/Asia-styrene-benzene-prices-spike-12-14-percent-this-week_68362.html
March 5, 2015
Trinseo reports a net loss for the fourth quarter of $30 million, down from a net profit of $11 million in the year-ago quarter, largely the result of inventory revaluation driven by declining crude oil prices. Sales totaled $1.12 billion, down 10% year-over-year (YOY) from $1.24 billion on lower raw material costs and currency effects. Adjusted earnings came to a loss of 48 cents/share, below analysts’ consensus estimate of a 13-cts/share loss....
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/styrene/Trinseo-swings-to-loss-on-inventory-revaluation-misses-estimates_68342.html
March 4, 2015
Ineos plans to integrate the Americas business activities of Ineos ABS into Styrolution by the end of 2015. The marketing, sales, customer service, supply chain, procurement, R&D, human resources, and manufacturing functions of the two businesses will be merged, says Ineos....
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/styrene/Ineos-to-integrate-Ineos-ABS-Styrolution-in-the-Americas-by-year-end_68304.html
March 2, 2015
India plans to reduce customs duties on a range of petrochemical products and feedstocks, such as styrene monomer and naphtha, when its fiscal year 2015-16 begins on 1 April, the...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/styrene/India-to-cut-customs-duties-on-products-including-styrene-naphtha_68220.html
March 2, 2015
The California Environmental Protection Agency’s office of environmental health hazard assessment (OEHHA) says that it intends to list styrene as known to cause cancer under the...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/styrene/California-seeks-to-list-styrene-as-carcinogen_68203.html
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