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January 24, 2014
Europe’s acetone market remains in a lull, says IHS Chemical. Supply is comfortable, although the restart of a major methyl methacrylate unit has set the market on a path toward...
January 24, 2014
IHS Chemical expects polypropylene (PP) prices in North America for January to rise on high demand and increasing feedstock costs. Sales in December 2013 were strong, since buyers...
January 24, 2014
Ethylene prices have continued to rally in Asia owing to currently tight supply and upcoming steam cracker maintenance that is scheduled to coincide with the period of derivative...
January 17, 2014
Contract and spot polyethylene (PE) prices have been increasing in the European market in recent weeks. Spot PE has been €1,300–1,380/m.t. ($1,771–1,880) del northwest...
January 17, 2014
Styrene margins in 2014 are unlikely to reach the high levels attained last year, according The IHS Chemical World Analysis—Styrene 2014. However, the overall trend is positive...
January 10, 2014
LyondellBasell Industries says it has completed the previously announced restart of the company’s methanol plant at Channelview, TX. The plant was placed back into service in the...
January 10, 2014
Buttressed by solid domestic trade and strong export demand, polyethylene (PE) prices in the United States and Canada are likely to remain firm this year, says Nick Vafiadis, senior...
January 10, 2014
Nova Chemicals has pushed back plans for a new Advanced Sclairtech (AST) polyethylene (PE) facility because of increasing uncertainty surrounding the cost and availability of project resources in North America, says Chris Bezaire, senior v.p./polyethylene at Nova....
December 20, 2013
November domestic polyethylene (PE) sales were strong in Europe and, on average, almost 10% higher than in October, IHS Chemical says. Producers of PE, following a higher ethylene...
December 20, 2013
Asian demand for nylon-6 chip is not very strong, but interest in buying feedstock caprolactam will probably remain robust, says IHS Chemical’s Market Advisory Service: Global Nylon...
December 20, 2013
Exports of US para-xylene (p-xylene) to Northeast Asia have picked up since August, and the arbitrage window remains wide open, says IHS Chemical’s Market Advisory Service: Global...
December 20, 2013
North American polyethylene (PE) inventories at producer locations increased by about 75 million lbs in November, the second consecutive month of accumulation, according to IHS...
December 20, 2013
With 2013 winding down, North America’s olefin consumers are preparing for the new year. Ethylene consumers are stocking up against spring turnarounds, say analysts at IHS...
December 13, 2013
Lotte Chemical (Seoul) has not announced the exact timing of the closure of the company’s purified terephthalic acid (PTA) plant at Wilton, UK, a move that Lotte confirmed...
December 13, 2013
After bottoming out below 43 cts/lb in August, butadiene prices in the United States have been trending upward. However, demand remains weak, says IHS Chemical’s Market Advisory...
December 13, 2013
Benzene prices have soared in Asia but not as quickly as prices in the United States and Europe, says IHS Chemical’s Market Advisory Service: Aromatics Weekly. Between the end of...
December 13, 2013
The average operating rate for phenol/acetone units in the United States remains an estimated 65–70%, says IHS Chemical’s Market Advisory Service: Global Acetone. Producers...
December 13, 2013
Formaldehyde plant operating rates are currently low, but rapid growth in downstream resin markets is quickly absorbing the excess, and, by 2018, additional production capacity will be...
December 6, 2013
The recent explosion at Total’s 360,000-bbl/day Antwerp refinery (CW, Nov. 18/25, p. 5) has had limited upward impacts on benzene, toluene, and xylene prices in Europe, IHS...
December 6, 2013
Beginning in 2016, plastics convertors in North America will find increasingly attractive prices for polypropylene (PP), according to Joel Morales, principal analyst at IHS Chemical...
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