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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
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
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