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Europe styrene spot prices start to cool, but contract hike expected
Styrene spot prices are starting to cool in Europe with the arrival of long-awaited imports. But the possibility of increased contract prices for May has not yet moved down the agenda because of strength in upstream benzene and ethylene markets. Benzene spot...

Prolonged outages continue to tighten Europe's ethylene supply
Europe's ethylene supply has tightened more than anticipated, impacted by a series of unplanned, prolonged outages during what is usually turnaround season. With over 10% of capacity unavailable during March, including Shell Chemicals' steam cracker at...

Vopak's earnings buoyed by higher occupancy, capacity
Vopak posted a 24% increase in net profit in the first quarter compared with the corresponding period of last year, to €85 million ($91.3 million), on sales up 10%, to €349.5 million. Ebitda increased 15% year-on-year (YOY), to €206 million...

Europe's HDA economics swing into positive territory
Hydrodealkylation (HDA) economics swung into positive territory in Europe last week for the first time since November and are averaging $39/m.t. this week. The momentum has come from benzene spot prices in Europe, which have pulled away from earlier-seen...

ECHA opens public consultation on nicotine
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA; Helsinki) has started a public consultation on a proposal to revise the harmonized classification and labeling (CLH) of nicotine. Pure nicotine is classified as acute toxicity 3* (toxic if swallowed, the minimum...

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