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December 8, 2016
Integrated Middle East producers of polyethylene and, to a lesser extent, ethylene glycol and polypropylene have had strong margins in 2015–16, but the overall sector margin for...
December 8, 2016
The surprise demonetization of large banknotes has temporarily paralyzed India’s economy, sharply reducing demand for plastics and some basic chemicals. Imports by India have...
November 23, 2016
Polypropylene (PP) suppliers in North America are pricing aggressively to fill up incremental expansions in production capacity and recover lost domestic market share, says IHS...
November 23, 2016
The November para-xylene (p-xylene) contract price has settled in the United States at 40.5 cents/pound, an increase of 0.50 cents/pound from October. The increase is slightly lower...
November 23, 2016
Butadiene market prices increased in Asia during the week ended 18 November. Buying interest from China for December-loading cargoes picked up with the recent sharp increase in natural...
November 23, 2016
Between 2012 and 2016, China brought onstream about 2 million metric tons/year of caprolactam capacity. China’s dependence on caprolactam imports has plummeted from 54% in 2011 to...
November 10, 2016
Worldwide production capacity for solution styrene-butadiene rubber (S-SBR) far exceeds current demand, but producer Trinseo has been sold out for more than one year owing to its focus on products for high-performance tires....
November 10, 2016
BASF’s two steam crackers at Ludwigshafen, Germany, are operating at about 90% of capacity after they were taken offstream following the explosion and fire at Ludwigshafen’s north...
November 3, 2016
October polymer-grade propylene (PGP) contracts were settled in the United States at 41.5 cents/pound, down 1.5 cents/pound from September amid rising inventories and sluggish demand...
November 3, 2016
US producers of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) have nominated a 4-cents/pound increase for October domestic contracts. With construction season winding down, they face resistance from...
November 3, 2016
Nylon-6 prices in Western Europe and North America ticked downward in parallel with lower feedstock costs during October, but nylon-6,6 prices increased on higher costs, strong demand...
November 3, 2016
Acetic acid prices in China remained high during the last week of October, but upward price pressure dissipated on the prospect of increased supply, says IHS Chemical’s Global...
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