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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...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Benzene-opportunity-for-Asia_57375.html
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...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/US-phenolacetone-rates-down_57376.html
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...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/IHS-Formaldehyde-market-shifting-to-Asia-amid-rapid-demand-growth_57377.html
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...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Limited-reaction-by-benzene-spot-prices-to-Total-Antwerp-blast_57125.html
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...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/IHS-Chemical-North-American-PP-to-thrive-on-improved-supply_57132.html
November 29, 2013
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA; Helsinki) says it has concluded substance evaluation on four substances—ethylene oxide, tributyl phosphate, m-tolylidene diisocyanate, and...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/ECHA-concludes-evaluation-on-four-substances_56996.html
November 22, 2013
As global acetic acid capacity growth has outpaced demand over the last five years, producers have been compelled to come up with new products and technologies in order to remain competitive....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/New-technologies-and-products-drive-acetic-acid-demand_56837.html
November 22, 2013
Celanese’s recent announcement that it would close its 200,000-m.t./year vinyl acetate monomer (VAM) plant at Tarragona, Spain, is the second VAM closure to be confirmed in...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Europe-sheds-50-percent-of-its-VAM-capacity-market-oversupplied_56852.html
November 8, 2013
Steady recoveries in automotive and construction have buoyed demand for acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) in North America, say analysts at IHS Chemical. For the region’s...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Healthy-North-America-ABS-market-attracts-import-competition_56583.html
October 25, 2013
With no new plants announced, ethylene oxide (EO) supplies will continue to tighten for several more years, keeping derivative prices high and margins buoyant, according to analysts at...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/IHS-EO-shortfall-will-squeeze-prices-into-2016-drive-new-US-capacity_56172.html
October 17, 2013
North American titanium dioxide (TiO2) contracts for the second-quarter have settled at an increase of 15 cts/lb, up about 10% from the first-quarter 2011, to $1.55-$1.69/lb del, on...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Titanium-Dioxide-Prices-Soar-on-Short-Supply-Strong-Demand_36307.html
October 11, 2013
Apple’s use of plastic for the case of its new iPhone 5c smartphone reflects a trend that will increase the volume of plastics used in cell phones from 282,000 m.t. in 2013 to 336,000 m.t. in 2017, say analysts at IHS Chemical. The value of the plastics consumed will increase from $3.5 billion to $4.5 billion over the same period....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/IHS-Plastics-used-in-cell-phones-to-grow-by-$1-billion-through-2017_55848.html
October 11, 2013
Over the next 10 years, the global market for polyvinyl chloride (PVC) will be oversupplied by an annual average of 18 million m.t., according to analysts at IHS Chemical, but...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Shale-to-shield-US-chlor-alkali-vinyls_55849.html
September 20, 2013
Sabic’s Innovative Plastics segment continues to invest heavily to strengthen its presence in China. “It is an important market with a very large customer base,” Keith Smith, executive v.p./Innovative Plastics tells CW. “In absolute terms, the industry has seen the largest volume growth in the world coming from China.”...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Sabics-Innovative-Plastics-growth-plans-target-China_55296.html
September 20, 2013
Acrylic resins and plastics retain a strong hold on key end markets, and the prospects for demand growth remain bright, say analysts at IHS Chemical. Worldwide demand during...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/IHS-China-to-drive-strong-growth-for-acrylic-resins-and-plastics_55297.html
September 6, 2013
Faced with the unfamiliar challenge of ethane supply limitations, petrochemical producers in the Mideast are shifting their attention to heavier feedstocks and higher value-added...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Ethane-constraints-drive-Mideast-producers-to-heavier-feedstocks_54982.html
September 6, 2013
The summer of 2013 has been a washout for polyethylene terephthalate (PET) in the United States, in part the result of falling demand for carbonated drinks and the greater availability...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Feedstocks-to-buoy-US-PET-prices_54983.html
September 6, 2013
Industrial action by canal lock workers could lift prices of petrochemical products transported on Germany’s inland waterways, market sources say. Ver.di (Berlin), a trade union...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Industrial-action-at-Germanys-canal-locks-lifts-petchem-prices_54984.html
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...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/BASFs-PTMEG-moves-highlight-growing-spandex-demand-in-China_54390.html
August 23, 2013
Expectations for higher butadiene prices over the next few months are slim, since demand from butadiene derivatives—namely those related to the tire and automotive...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Butadiene-prices-drop-in-Europe-on-poor-demand_54625.html
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