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July 26, 2013
A technical difficulty at Shell Chemicals’ Moerdijk, Netherlands, site has disrupted production at the site’s styrene monomer–propylene oxide (SMPO) unit, the company...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Shell-declares-SM-force-majeure_53879.html
July 16, 2013
Methanol’s comeback in North America, another consequence of the shale gas revolution, is quickly gaining momentum. Two dormant plants have been restarted, another is scheduled...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Methanol-production-returns-to-North-America-on-back-of-shale-gas-surge_52093.html
July 12, 2013
Over the next six months, ethylene prices in the United States will change little, although the ongoing Williams steam cracker outage and potential hurricane disruption could yield surprises, IHS Chemical says....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Feeds-end-markets-determine-outlook-for-US-olefins-aromatics_53548.html
July 12, 2013
Ethylene contract prices have been stable in Europe over the last couple of months. July settled at €1,170/m.t. ($1,500/m.t.), a rollover on June, and the June contract was just...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Stable-ethylene-lower-feedstock-prices-boost-margins-in-Europe_53549.html
June 28, 2013
Buyers and sellers of sodium chlorate in North America are likely to reach an agreement on quarterly and half-yearly contracts in early July, according to IHS Chemical. Suppliers...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Canadian-sodium-chlorate-suppliers-increase-share-of-North-American-market_53265.html
June 28, 2013
European styrene prices have been strong, with June contract price settled at €1,424/m.t. ($1,856), €10 higher than May. Spot prices also rose steadily throughout June...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/European-styrene-contracts-likely-to-roll-over-or-drop-on-benzene-decline_53266.html
June 28, 2013
Global polyethylene terephthalate (PET) prices are expected to hold or improve slightly during the summer as some demand returns. However, margins continue to struggle overall: The...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/PET-prices-hold-margins-suffer-amid-weak-demand_53267.html
June 21, 2013
Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) units in North America operated at high rates during May, lifting production to a level not seen in seven years, according to IHS Chemical’s Market...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/PVC-makers-in-North-America-hike-production-amid-rising-export-demand_53002.html
June 21, 2013
Conditions in the global market for titanium dioxide (TiO2) favor the success of price increases issued by producers in late May and early June, says Hassan Ahmed, analyst at Alembic Global Advisors (New York). TiO2 prices are at “near-trough” levels, profits are at historic lows, demand is up, and inventory is down, he says....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Low-inventories-and-rising-demand-behind-slew-of-TiO2-price-increases_53003.html
June 21, 2013
The European benzene supply is expected to remain tight as the use of lighter feedstocks limits the production of benzene coproduct, according to the latest IHS Chemical Market...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/European-benzene-supply-tight-despite-slow-demand_52981.html
June 7, 2013
Asian para -xylene ( p -xylene) producers have been faring better than their North American and European counterparts. However, p -xylene market dynamics could be altered by capacity...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/P-xylene-facing-oversupply-in-Asia-as-capacity-builds_52655.html
June 7, 2013
Benzene prices in the United States took an extended detour from normality during the last 10 months, but they may have gotten back on track for the summer driving season. With the...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/After-a-year-of-surprises-US-benzene-ready-for-a-quiet-summer_52666.html
June 7, 2013
With the construction season in the United States underway, polyvinyl chloride (PVC) producers have announced a 2-ct/lb June or July increase for domestic contracts, but buyers say...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/US-PVC-export-prices-trend-upward_52667.html
May 31, 2013
Global polystyrene (PS) demand is expected to be lower in 2013 compared with 2102, according to the latest IHS Chemical Market Advisory Service: Global Plastics & Polymers report...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/PS-demand-to-fall-in-2013_52404.html
May 31, 2013
Despite the recent softening in the price of feedstock methanol, acetic acid values in the United States are likely to continue climbing for the next few months as producers build back...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Margin-pressure-will-drive-US-acetic-acid-higher-through-summer_52446.html
May 31, 2013
With US ethylene contracts for April and May in limbo as of 30 May, buyers and sellers are likely to focus on a two-month settlement in early June, according to a recent report from...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Two-month-settlement-likely-for-April-May-US-ethylene-contracts_52447.html
May 23, 2013
The low cost of natural gas gives US chlor-alkali producers a great advantage on the global market, but capitalizing on the opportunity means maintaining the industry’s strong...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Chlorine-Institutes-safety-mission-supports-chlor-alkali-opportunity_51682.html
May 23, 2013
Demand for chlor-alkali products is growing on the back of recovery in the construction sector, but the benefit will not be spread evenly around the globe, according to Steve Brien...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/US-chlor-alkali-exports-margins-rising-on-shale-advantage_51681.html
May 21, 2013
European margins for caprolactam could swing back to a loss since fundamentals for May are expected to be unfavorable, IHS Chemical says in its latest Global Nylon Fibers &...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/European-caprolactam-margins-come-under-pressure_52059.html
May 3, 2013
Europe’s butadiene producers are expected to benefit from growing demand and limited yields despite recent uncertainty over the short-term direction of butadiene prices, IHS Chemical...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Fundamentals-support-new-butadiene-capacity-in-Europe_51707.html
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