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January 12, 2017
Styrene spot prices have quickly recovered from a late–December 2016 slump. Feedstock benzene prices are strong, and styrene supply is tightening as the plant maintenance season...
January 12, 2017
Europe’s consumption of crude C4 (CC4)could increase approximately 1 million metric tons annually because about 400,000 metric tons/year of butadiene extraction capacity have been...
January 12, 2017
Methanol prices continued rising last December, reflecting higher crude oil and commodity prices and supply constraints in the Middle East, North America, and North Africa, says IHS...
January 12, 2017
Asian spot prices for ethylene glycol (EG) accelerated last December, passing $950/metric ton before settling back into the low $900s range in early January 2017, says IHS Chemical’s...
January 12, 2017
Spot ethylene prices in Asia surged from the end of November 2016 on higher derivative demand and somewhat tight supply, says IHS Chemical’s Asia Light Olefins Monthly. However, IHS...
December 15, 2016
Ethylene glycol (EG) imports into China dropped this year on plant outages in Singapore and the Middle East, giving Chinese producers a chance to ramp up production and increase their...
December 15, 2016
The acquisition of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) producer Solvay Indupa (Buenos Aires, Argentina) will enable Unipar Carbocloro (São Paulo, Brazil) to position itself as Latin...
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...
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...
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...
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