Several phthalic anhydride plants in West Europe have been affected by a string of production problems over the last few months, in addition other units have gone through planned turnarounds during this period and therefore supply in the region has tightened very quickly. In the last month, there has also been a sharp increase in flake spot prices, partly due to the production problems at the largest flake unit in the region, Atmosa.
As for the outlook for 2017, market players are reporting strong demand in the first quarter and are cautiously optimistic for the remainder of the year. In West Europe, phthalic anhydride consumption is forecast to grow at around GDP level.
Consumption in the largest applications, phthalates and UP resins, is expected to remain relatively stable, on the other hand overall demand will be supported by healthy growth in the polyols sector, which could grow at around 10% this year, driven by consumption in rigid foam insulation in roofing and the trend towards using polyester polyols instead of polyether polyols, due to their better fire retardant properties.
More than 95% of the orthoxylene … click here to receive the full article
A subscription to our Phthalates • Oxo Alcohols Chemical Business Focus can give you further insights like this on the state of the markets world-wide.
ABOUT TECNON ORBICHEM’S ORTHOXYLENE • PHTHALIC ANHYDRIDE SERVICES
Chemical Business Focus
Each month, subscribers receive a comprehensive look at current activity in the market, including pricing information for all of the main product areas in each of the key regions. In addition, subscribers have online access to 10 years historical prices to download as Excel files from our website, to Trade Tables and Charts and, on a quarterly basis, Plants & Projects listings which contain the latest information with regards to capacity developments in the Orthoxylene • Phthalic Anhydride industries.
For more information or to request a sample please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
S/Db-CHEM and World Analysis
Tecnon OrbiChem’s Orthoxylene • Phthalic Anhydride S/Db-CHEM is a truly comprehensive service, containing all the information you need on all C7-C13 phthalate plasticisers – Supply/Demand data, Trade flows, Consumption trends, Capacity listings and Historical prices.
- Production, Consumption and Trade data are based on an analysis of historical data and forecasts out to 2025.
- Historical trade flows for orthoxylene, phthalic anhydride and phthalates are presented as country-tocountry trade grids.
- Capacity listings on a plant-by-plant basis give producer, owner and feedstock information.
- Historical prices for 2-EH, DOP, DINP, isophthalic acid, maleic anhydride, mixed xylene, orthoxylene, paraxylene, phthalic anhydride, propylene glycol, styrene and UPR allow for construction of tables, charts and margins.
Business Manager – Orthoxylene, Phthalic Anhydride & Oxo Products
Phone: +44 207 924 3955