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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
April 29, 2013
Weaker demand growth coupled with higher rates of capacity expansion has dampened the profit outlook for ethylene, particularly for high-cost producers that use heavier feedstocks, said Mark Eramo, v.p./chemical market insights for IHS Chemical. Eramo was speaking at the IHS Chemical World Petrochemical Conference (WPC), at Houston late last month....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Ethylene-outlook-muted-by-weak-demand-supply-surge_50823.html
April 29, 2013
New opportunities based on the surge in unconventional oil and gas production in the United States as well as other developments in the energy market have divided the global petrochemical industry into haves and have-nots, according to Gary Adams, chief advisor at IHS Chemical....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/IHS-WPC-Feedstocks-have-divided-industry-into-haves-and-have-nots_50815.html
April 26, 2013
Several factors in recent years have shifted the lower linear alpha olefin (LAO) market dynamics....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Feedstock-demand-shifts-transform-LAO-dynamics_51461.html
April 15, 2013
Gasoline production and naphtha cracking have historically supplied a reliable stream of aromatics to the US market, but changing feedslates, government mandates, and consumer...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Tightening-aromatics-present-new-opportunities-for-refiners_51108.html
March 29, 2013
Growth in chemical demand will continue to center in developing economies, but growth in supply will more and more be located elsewhere, increasing global trade, according to Dave Witte, IHS senior v.p. and general manager of IHS Chemical....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Global-chemicals-trade-to-boom-on-rising-middle-class-advantaged-feeds_50816.html
March 29, 2013
Stronger global economic conditions and moderating oil prices are improving global growth prospects. The outlook for 2013 is brightening in part because of the dangers the global...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/IHS-Economic-and-energy-outlooks-improving_50824.html
March 8, 2013
Production in Asia of ethylene dichloride (EDC) and vinyl chloride monomer (VCM), the precursors for polyvinyl chloride (PVC), has been constrained by chlorine availability and...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/EDC-VCM-supplies-tight-in-markets-worldwide_50350.html
March 1, 2013
Unusually weak demand for coproduct phenol has tightened acetone supply in the United States and Europe, sending prices upward, say analysts at IHS Chemical. Acetone prices for small...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Acetone-prices-in-Europe-and-US-rise-on-tight-supply-weak-phenol_50145.html
March 1, 2013
Oversupply and sluggish demand will continue to impact the price of acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) in Europe throughout 2013 with changes mostly dictated by feedstock prices, a...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/European-ABS-prices-to-stagnate-in-2013-on-poor-demand-oversupply_50133.html
February 15, 2013
With the Lunar New Year behind them and a flood of new polybutadiene rubber (PBR) capacity just ahead, Chinese traders are buying butadiene with the expectation that supplies will soon...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/China-PBR-expansions-offer-Europe-a-butadiene-opportunity_49850.html
February 15, 2013
demand for polypropylene (PP) remains weak in Europe. The weakness is compounded by propylene feedstock prices, which, between September 2012 and January 2013, shed €70/m.t. ($94)...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/European-PP-price-hikes-limited-by-weak-demand_49851.html
February 8, 2013
The global market for soda ash seemed to have bounced back from the recession of 2009, but in 2012, after two years of strong growth, demand weakened dramatically, and recent contract...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/US-soda-ash-contracts-fall-short-on-lingering-market-weakness_49669.html
February 8, 2013
A strike at Sabic Europe’s site at Geleen, in the province of Limburg, in the Netherlands, concluded on 5 February when 1,800 employees resumed their regular tasks after 5 days of...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Activities-resume-at-Sabics-Geleen-site-after-strike_49670.html
January 25, 2013
Natural gas from shale brings North American chlor-alkali producers key advantages that will enable them to increase their share of the global market despite subdued demand and chronic...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/North-American-chlor-alkali-exports-to-rise-on-shale_49307.html
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