VAM market in familiar territory following Harvey

There was a sense of déjà-vu among vinyl acetate monomer market participants in attendance during the annual European Petrochemical Association conference at the end of September/beginning of October. Once month earlier, Hurricane Harvey had roared into the Texas Gulf Coast leading to VAM production outages, force majeure declarations and logistics disruptions across the region. The… Read More VAM market in familiar territory following Harvey

Polyamides: How will you prep for 2018?

  Global macro-economic conditions have remained challenging in 2017, and the outlook for 2018 lacks clarity due to questions about wide-ranging topics such as monetary policies, geo-political instability, among others. Global petrochemical industry participants are making plans for the next few years, yet have concerns about: expectations that the US Federal Reserve will increase interest… Read More Polyamides: How will you prep for 2018?

Acrylonitrile: Unexpected Issues Push up Prices and Profitability

Global tightness in the acrylonitrile market was originally expected to end in mid-2017. However, the increasing stringency of China’s environmental protection measures and the impact of Hurricane Harvey on the US infrastructure have prolonged the tightness of global acrylonitrile supply well into the third quarter. The North American acrylonitrile market was affected significantly by the… Read More Acrylonitrile: Unexpected Issues Push up Prices and Profitability

Polyamide market seeks Q4 clarity

Global polyamide polymer market participants are in a wait-and-see mode with regard to market conditions heading into the fourth quarter. There are a number of possible scenarios which could influence supply/demand fundamentals and price movements, but there was also a great deal of uncertainty hanging over the markets in September. For the market participants in… Read More Polyamide market seeks Q4 clarity