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February 11, 2016
Ercros (Barcelona) says it will cut its chlor-alkali capacity by 55% from 2018. The company will maintain a presence in the market for chlorine and caustic soda with production at its...
January 28, 2016
Methanol prices are depressed worldwide, IHS Chemical says. Demand is seasonally low, supply is ample, and the low price of crude oil has cut into demand for biodiesel and weakened...
January 28, 2016
Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) prices in Europe have tracked the downward movement in feedstock costs, according to IHS Chemical data. Although some of Europe’s ABS negotiated prices do not follow costs, these are few and do not represent the majority of the market....
January 28, 2016
With the impending restart of the Ellba-owned propylene oxide–styrene monomer unit at Moerdijk, Netherlands, Europe’s styrene industry is focusing firmly on lengthening...
January 14, 2016
Spot ethylene hit a seven-year low in the United States on 13 January as healthy supply, limited storage, and overall bearish sentiment in the market weighed on prices. January spot...
January 14, 2016
A new long-term naphtha supply agreement between Braskem and Petrobras was finally signed in late December 2015, after almost three years of negotiations and five contract amendments...
January 14, 2016
December 2015 contract prices for acetic acid in Europe were largely settled down €10/m.t. ($10.87) from November. Relatively good domestic demand in Western Europe limited the...
January 14, 2016
Ethylene glycol (EG) prices continued trending down in Asia during the first half of December 2015 and may have bottomed out, though the first week of 2016 was unsettled, says IHS...
January 14, 2016
Asian prices along the vinyls chain seem to have bottomed out. Asian demand for polyvinyl chloride (PVC) has improved but at lower prices relative to December 2015, IHS Chemical says...
January 7, 2016
IHS Chemical estimates that at least 170,000 m.t. of benzene were shipped from South Korea to the United States during December 2015, including 20,000–30,000 m.t. of delayed...
January 7, 2016
The January 2016 benzene contract in Europe settled in late December at $641/m.t. cif Amsterdam-Rotterdam-Antwerp, up $2 and down €19/m.t. ($20) against December 2015. Discussions...
January 7, 2016
Europe’s cyclohexane delta for the first quarter has been agreed at €130/m.t. ($140), down €3 from the previous quarter. The decrease reflects the downward trend in...
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