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July 21, 2016
Toluene prices are under pressure worldwide. Demand has failed to reach anticipated levels, and supplies continue to flow into the market. In Europe, producers are struggling to find...
July 8, 2016
Fibrant (Sittard, Netherlands) is winding down production at its Augusta, Georgia, caprolactam plant because of “commodity pricing as well as global supply dynamics,” the...
July 8, 2016
Europe’s benzene contract price for July has settled at $649 per metric ton, an increase of $12 over the June settlement. The last three settlements declined monthly. Europe is...
June 23, 2016
the chemical industry is by far the largest consumer of sodium chloride—salt—after human and animal intake and deicing applications. However, the general public is most likely unaware of the extent of salt’s impact on our lives. The image of the salt market most consumers hold is overwhelmingly focused on humans’ salt intake....
June 23, 2016
The styrene industry has endured two decades of weak margins and low growth, but the sector has reached “a tipping point” with the supply-demand balance improving for producers...
June 16, 2016
Shell Chemicals has made a final investment decision to proceed with an integrated ethylene and polyethylene (PE) complex near Pittsburgh....
June 2, 2016
Latin America's annual polyethylene (PE) deficit will reach 5 million m.t. by 2025, increasing 67% from the current deficit level, and the region's current PE demand exceeds 7 million...
May 20, 2016
Fertilizer prices track energy prices, as do the prices of other commodities. Meanwhile, nitrogen fertilizer capacity growth will continue to outpace demand. As a result, a tougher and more competitive environment for fertilizer producers is anticipated over the next four years....
May 5, 2016
CW speaks to José Luis Uriegas, president of the Latin American Petrochemical and Chemical Association (APLA; Buenos Aires) and CEO of Grupo Idesa (Mexico City), about how low crude oil prices are affecting the region’s industry and opportunities for ethane feedstock and the economic and political challenges that lie ahead....
April 28, 2016
Chinese exports of para-xylene (p-xylene) surpassed 3 million m.t. in the first quarter, according to data obtained by IHS Chemical. China’s p-xylene imports during March topped...
April 28, 2016
China's styrene imports increased markedly in March, recent data obtained by IHS Chemical show. Total imports for March amounted to 354,509 m.t., up just over 100,000 m.t. compared...
April 28, 2016
Acetic acid margins are comfortable everywhere except China, where prices have fallen far from their 2014 highs and overcapacity has been the norm for years. A recent demand surge...
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