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Phenol · Acetone & Derivatives
16 March 2018 Issue Number 279
  • Shell idles No 3 plant at the end of February after one-month delay
  • Phenol demand strong in US and Europe – spot prices rise
  • Acetone inventory levels in the US high, importers incur large losses
  • European producers adjust acetone production to balance oversupply
  • Spot BPA availability tight in Europe – prices rise to over €1700/ton
  • US MMA producers seek further price increases on tight supply

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Orthoxylene · Phthalic Anhydride
16 March 2018 Issue Number 471
  • US MX values softer but supply still tight, European prices have also declined
  • US OX contract price for March rolls over
  • European contract price settles at €755/ton, up another €5/ton
  • Chinese OX market edges down, as PA demand is softer
  • European phthalic anhydride unchanged, uptick expected in April
  • Asian PA prices move up, supply is restricted due to maintenance turnarounds

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Phthalates · Oxo-Alcohols
16 March 2018 Issue Number 435
  • US plasticisers prices steady in the first half of March
  • European C9-C10 plasticisers prices stable for the most part but DOTP rise further
  • Plasticisers prices in China steady to soft
  • BASF lifts force majeure on 2-EH in the US
  • 2-EH prices in Europe remain in an uptrend, supply tightens
  • Several Oxo alcohols units in China schedule turnarounds in the second quarter

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