Oversupply continues to hinder the European DOTP market

Ample supply and weak demand has been a headache for European plasticisers producers this year. Poor performances in some of the key downstream applications, particularly in the automotive industry, the global impact of the trade war and uncertainties about Brexit and the slowdown in the some of the major economies in the region are the… Read More Oversupply continues to hinder the European DOTP market

Share The View For Free with Tecnon OrbiChem

Tecnon OrbiChem invites you to be our guest and join us for panoramic views of World Petrochemical Markets and the Shanghai Riverside & Skyline. From the vantage point of detailed market monitoring and in-depth analysis, Tecnon OrbiChem consultants will share their insights and opinions on topics of current interest to global petrochemical intermediate, fibres and… Read More Share The View For Free with Tecnon OrbiChem

Adhesives remain a high-growth area for bio-based chemicals developments

Research, development and commercialisation of various bio-based adhesive technologies have steadily risen driven by factors such as low VOC and carbon emission requirements; the need to lower costs of transporting and storing hazardous substances; growing consumer preference for plant-based materials and the need to reduce fossil dependence; as well as potential regulations stimulating the market… Read More Adhesives remain a high-growth area for bio-based chemicals developments

A Bolt From the Blue Hits the Maleic Mergers and Acquisitions Market

It was an unexpected piece of news that came like a lightening bolt into the quiet of a mid-September day in the European maleic anhydride market: The Polynt-Reichhold Group will add a 60 ktpa reactor to its existing 65 ktpa maleic plant in Ravenna, Italy. This announcement made on 16 September was a surprise to… Read More A Bolt From the Blue Hits the Maleic Mergers and Acquisitions Market

Weak Alumina Market Slows Down Recovery of Caustic Soda Demand

The alumina industry is the largest consumer of caustic soda, alone consuming around 20% of global production of caustic soda in 2018. Therefore, changes in the alumina industry can have a major impact on the caustic soda market as it was seen in 2018 and early 2019 with the Alunorte production cut. This had significant… Read More Weak Alumina Market Slows Down Recovery of Caustic Soda Demand

Chinese butyl acrylate prices – how long can the recovery last?

Following a period of softening since March, Chinese butyl acrylate (BA) prices have finally reversed their downward trend in late July/early August following a two year low which was reached in June. The increases were largely driven by upward pressure from feedstocks, as producers were determined to pass on at least part of the propylene… Read More Chinese butyl acrylate prices – how long can the recovery last?