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March 14, 2014
Vinyl acetate monomer (VAM) spot prices are expected to remain firm until July because of numerous planned and unplanned production stoppages in North America, Europe, and the Mideast...
February 28, 2014
A wave of new para -xylene ( p -xylene) capacity, aimed at supplying feedstock to Chinese producers of purified terephthalic acid (PTA), is surging into South Korea. Demand is not...
February 28, 2014
Nylon demand should pick up seasonally in Asia, says IHS Chemical’s Market Advisory Service: Global Nylon Fibers & Feedstocks. However, feedstock costs are forecast to fall...
February 28, 2014
Plastics consumption in Brazil slowed during the second half of February following an unusually strong start to the year, according to according to the latest report from market...
February 21, 2014
A heavy plant turnaround schedule will keep ethylene and propylene prices in the United States firm through April, says IHS Chemical....
February 21, 2014
Europe’s polyethylene (PE) producers were, at CW press time, expected to try to roll over monthly contract prices in February following a decrease in the Western European...
February 7, 2014
In India, domestic methanol producers are running at full capacity to fill a gap caused by recent production issues in Iran and the Middle East, according to IHS Chemical’s Market...
February 7, 2014
Styrene monomer margins have been squeezed in Europe following the settlement of the February contract price. However, market activity in January and February tends to be seasonally...
February 7, 2014
North American polyethylene (PE) contracts for January rolled over from December, according to a recent report from IHS Chemical. However, producers have announced a 4-cts/lb increase...
February 7, 2014
North American demand for polyvinyl chloride (PVC) has been strong, supply is tightening, and, with construction season approaching, producers aim to increase prices. “There is a...
January 24, 2014
Benzene spot prices in the United States leaped almost 10%, to an average of $5.30/gal, during the week ended 16 January, pushing the arbitrage window wide open to Asian producers, say...
January 24, 2014
Demand for acetic acid is strong in North America, with vinyl acetate monomer units running hard and deicer demand robust due to recent cold weather in many parts of the United States...
January 24, 2014
Polystyrene (PS) producers in North America announced a 6-cts/lb price increase for January for all grades of PS, says IHS Chemical. High benzene spot prices are expected to support...
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...
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