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August 23, 2013
Sorfert Algérie, a fertilizer joint venture between Sonatrach (Algiers) and OCI (Cairo), has commenced commercial production at Arzew, Algeria, OCI has announced. The jv’s...
August 27, 2013
(This story has been corrected. An earlier version published on 12 August stated that a joint venture between Invista and Chongqing Jianfeng Industrial Group is building a...
August 9, 2013
European demand for purified terephthalic acid (PTA) increased during July as hot weather boosted sales of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) used for bottles. PTA demand in Asia also...
July 26, 2013
Recent plant outages and upcoming maintenance turnarounds have driven styrene prices in Asia to extraordinary highs, according to analysts at IHS Chemical. Derivative producers have...
July 26, 2013
Gensource Potash (Saskatoon, SK) has signed a binding agreement with Chinese investors to develop potash projects around Saskatoon. Canada Potash Corp. (CPC; Saskatoon)—backed by...
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...
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....
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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....
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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