At the BioWorld Congress, one of the first break-out sessions of the day was three talks on 2,5-Furandicarboxylic Acid, the so-called sleeping giant. Despite many years of research and success in improving colour and establishing proven barrier properties in the polymer, FDCA remains a non-commercialised product and there is no clear sign that the giant… Read More Sleeping Giant, FDCA, Still Pretty Groggy
The global polyamide 66 market has lurched from one problem to the next since the third quarter of 2017, and recent events involving further restrictions of key raw materials has made the situation worse. An unplanned production outage affecting BASF’s HMDA unit at Seal Sands, UK, has exacerbated an already volatile market environment and further… Read More Polyamide 66 intermediate capacity expansions can’t come soon enough
The tightness in the global isocyanates markets that was seen in 2017 has continued into 2018 but signs of improvement are finally being seen. Both MDI and TDI in Europe and Asia are moving to a more positive place, although US markets are lagging behind. During quarter one, MDI supply became tighter globally following a… Read More Isocyanates: Light at the end of the tunnel?
Ongoing coverage of plastic pollution has pressured well-known consumer brands manufacturers to increase their commitment to sustainable packaging, and recycling has been one of the items near the top of their agendas. In April, Unilever announced a partnership with start-up company, Ioniqa, which has reportedly developed a proprietary technology that is able to convert any… Read More Plastic recycling takes centre stage for consumer brands
2018 – The Story So Far China is cautiously exercising economic policies in pursuit of steady growth with minimum exposure to risk The US and China square up for a tariff battle that threatens to disrupt global trade flows already hit by ADDs Polyester recycling impacted by Chinese ban on waste imports, plus increased mandating… Read More China International Polyester & Intermediates Forum
Global PET resin players have at least partially resolved a path for returning to supply normalcy following last years chaotic events created by bankruptcies of major players in North America, Europe and South America. However, PET resin buyers should not expect a return to long markets anytime soon as many uncertainties remain. Click here to… Read More Uncertainties Surround Global PET Resin Supply
The North American acrylic acid and acrylates market has not faced an easy ride in the first four months of 2018. A number of challenges emerged over the first quarter 2018 ranging from steep feedstock swings, tight supply of some products and mounting logistical problems. The upturn in the US economy has been supporting good… Read More Can acrylic acid and acrylates fulfill second quarter expectations?