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March 13, 2015Ethylene glycol (EG) prices in Asia reversed the recent weakening trend and rebounded before and after the Lunar New Year holiday, but they tailed off during the first week of March...
March 13, 2015In March, benzene contracts in the United States have broken a seven-month stretch of declines with a split settlement of three to seven cts/gal above the February contract. Rising...
February 27, 2015Petkim (Aliağa, Turkey) is restarting its newly expanded purified terephthalic acid (PTA) unit at Aliağa. The project to increase PTA capacity at the site from 70,000 m.t./year to...
February 27, 2015Bolstered by stabilizing crude oil and benzene markets and tightness in China, Asian caprolactam prices regained upward momentum in February, ending the downtrend that began in August...
February 27, 2015North American antifreeze demand fell in February, but cold, snowy weather and the expectation of March price increases helped bolster demand for ethylene glycol, according to IHS...
February 27, 2015After declining steeply through the summer 2014, methanol contract prices in North America recovered somewhat during the fall, but they resumed their tumble in December, pulled down by...
February 20, 2015Europe’s ethylene consumers, having spent the last several months buying hand-to-mouth, have taken the opportunity to rebuild inventory in the expectation that they will have to...
February 20, 2015With three North America–based polypropylene (PP) producers remaining in force majeure in mid-February and outages planned for March, supply has become an issue, particularly for...
February 20, 2015Healthy demand continues to support the North American market for hydrogen peroxide, IHS Chemical says. Market sources report that availability is limited, and some sellers have been...
February 20, 2015North American prices for all grades of polystyrene (PS) have dropped in February, IHS Chemical says. However, demand appears to be picking up, and there has been some inventory...