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PVC
Shift in international trade flows / US producers push towards Europe / Trade war causes collapse of US deliveries to Turkey / European market desirable due to high-price structure
16.08.2018
PETROCHEMICAL MARKETS
PVC: Shin-Etsu lifts force majeure in Pernis / Shell resumes full operations at its refinery
25.08.2017
PETROCHEMICAL MARKETS
Follow-up: Shell's refinery in Pernis online towards the end of August / FM remains for the time being
11.08.2017
PETROCHEMICAL MARKETS
Follow-up: Shell's Pernis refinery to be offline until at least mid-August
04.08.2017
PETROCHEMICAL MARKETS
PVC: Shin-Etsu declares force majeure on deliveries from Rotterdam
02.08.2017
USA
Shale gas carousel turns faster / Giant field found in west Texas / President-elect Trump expected to promote fracking / Much of new plastics output earmarked for export
30.11.2016
WESTLAKE
USD 3.8 bn is the magic number / Latest takeover bid accepted by Axiall / Combined company will become North America's second-largest PVC producer
15.06.2016
PVC MARKET
European production landscape undergoing massive changes / Global capacity shifts drive consolidations / Overcapacities mean additional closures cannot be avoided / Who will be the next victim in this game of Russian roulette?
29.07.2014
PETROCHEMICAL MARKETS
Work on US Gulf Coast crackers and PE plants gears up / ChevronPhillips and ExxonMobil lead the way / Some 30% of expanded US commodity plastics output to be exported by 2020
23.06.2014
POLYMER PRICES
Standard Thermoplastics PVC May 2013: Large percentage of cost reductions passed on / Plasticised compounds strong downward adjustment / Paste prices also falling / Consolidation in June
05.06.2013
POLYMER PRICES
Standard Thermoplastics PVC April 2013: Most of ethylene decline is passed on for base grades / Plasticiser rebates pressure some products / Pastes hold up / Falling notations certain in May
06.05.2013
POLYMER PRICES
Standard Thermoplastics Trend April 2013: Producers hold onto half of cost reductions / Falling naphtha strengthens converters' waiting game / Intensity of demand revival will decide further developments
15.04.2013
POLYMER PRICES
Standard Thermoplastics PVC March 2013: Deep freeze in building sector allows only minimal cost pass-through for S-PVC base / Rising plasticiser prices drive S-PVC (P) compounds / April picture dominated by rollover, despite falling ethylene notation
04.04.2013
POLYMER PRICES
Standard Thermoplastics Trend March 2013: Falling costs upstream dash producers' hopes of triple-digit hikes / Polyolefins rise less than costs / Higher input prices added to PVC, PS and EPS / Supply in line with demand
14.03.2013
POLYMER PRICES
Standard Thermoplastics PVC February 2013: Minor increases for base polymer / Additives stable / Paste grade flat / Weak building demand pressures / Pronounced upswing expected in spring
05.03.2013
POLYMER PRICES
Standard Thermoplastics Trend February 2013: Buyers turn a deaf ear on hike plans / Stable costs dampen momentum / Demand still slack / First upstream cost rises appear / Price spiral could turn upward
14.02.2013
POLYMER PRICES
Standard Thermoplastics in December 2012: PE slide halted / PP follows monomer downward / PS producers recoup cost rises / PVC and EPS prices softer / Polyolefin producers will seek triple-digit hikes in January
04.01.2013
POLYMER PRICES
Standard Thermoplastics Trend December 2012: Notations tend unusually firm / Occasional increases for PE / Only building applications weaker / Fear of triple-digit rises in January
12.12.2012
POLYMER PRICES
Standard Thermoplastics in November 2012: Autumn mist softens notations / Producers see fresh margin losses / Supply stabilises / December could see an unusual stabilisation
05.12.2012
POLYMER PRICES
Standard Thermoplastics in September 2012: Cost momentum in first half drives polymers / Supply adequate despite production cuts / Slack ordering pressures the market / Price zenith evidently reached
03.10.2012
POLYMER PRICES
Standard Thermoplastics Trend 2012: Producers win more than their increased costs / Margins up, volumes down / Demand shows distinct signs of slowing down / Market is becoming tense
14.09.2012
POLYMER PRICES
Standard Thermoplastics in August 2012: Polyolefin producers regain margins as costs spiral / PVC and styrenics players restricted to passing on higher costs / Supply tight / Further price rises on the horizon
05.09.2012
UPDATE - PETROCHEMICAL MARKETS
US hurricane season kicks off / “Isaac” threatens plants across Louisiana in particular / Numerous oil platforms in the Gulf of Mexico have been evacuated / Reminiscent of “Katrina” and “Rita”
28.08.2012
POLYMER PRICES
Standard Thermoplastics in May 2012: Slipping oil prices pull polymers down / Margin losses on a broad front / Inventories swell as converters cut orders to a minimum / Prices destined to fall again in June
05.06.2012
POLYMER PRICES
Standard Thermoplastics Trend May 2012: Polyolefins fall on lower feedstocks / PVC stable / PS and EPS cost rises hard to recoup / Lengthening oversupply / Sinking crude notations could trigger more polymer price cuts
14.05.2012
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