Proposed capacity expansions boost PA66 intermediates

Polyamide 66 producers in Europe, and to a lesser extent in North America, have experienced supply-side problems in 2017 which have limited availability of feedstock or intermediate chemicals leading to tightness throughout the chain. There have been shortages for products such as cyclohexane, adipic acid, adiponitrile, and hexamethylene diamine at various times, as well as… Read More Proposed capacity expansions boost PA66 intermediates

M&G, DowDupont restructuring lead to uncertainty in biofuels, renewable chems

The exit of pioneers, Mossi Ghisolfi Group (M&G) and Dupont, from the cellulosic ethanol industry has created uncertainty not only in the advancement of cellulosic biofuels but also in renewable chemicals where both companies have invested in the industry’s development. M&G announced last month that it is suffering financial difficulties and that it has shut… Read More M&G, DowDupont restructuring lead to uncertainty in biofuels, renewable chems

Small is not Beautiful; a Foggy Outlook for Smaller Chinese Petrochemical Producers in the new Environmental Regime

A spate of temporary and permanent shutdowns of China’s petrochemical plants over the last year has caused disruption to world markets that was unanticipated by most in the industry. Some of the environmental inspections and closures are linked to Communist Party or International events around Beijing. But there is a bigger trend at work here;… Read More Small is not Beautiful; a Foggy Outlook for Smaller Chinese Petrochemical Producers in the new Environmental Regime

Tecnon OrbiChem relaunches Synthetic Fibres Chemical Business Focus

We are excited to announce the re-launch of Tecnon OrbiChem’s monthly ‘Synthetic Fibres’ Chemical Business Focus. Effective November 2017, the report will be re-named the ‘Fibres & Intermediates’ Chemical Business Focus (CBF) and will be published at the end of each month instead of in the first or second week.  A sample version of the… Read More Tecnon OrbiChem relaunches Synthetic Fibres Chemical Business Focus

Chinese PC resin expansions could upset trade balances

Polycarbonate resin production capacity in China has increased sharply since the beginning of 2015, and those totals are expected to keep rising over the next three years as more new projects and expansions come onstream. While this is not a new phenomenon for petrochemical and plastics production in China, the capacity increase expected for polycarbonate… Read More Chinese PC resin expansions could upset trade balances

Demand In Plasticisers Has Improved But What Challenges Are We Facing Next?

An Outlook For Plasticisers And Oxo Alcohols Markets Supply disruptions have dominated the news in the past year in plasticisers and oxo alcohols markets, particularly in West Europe and tighter supply, rather than improving demand, is the major factor behind the improvement of margins in oxo alcohols and some derivatives, including plasticisers. As supply has… Read More Demand In Plasticisers Has Improved But What Challenges Are We Facing Next?