Jennifer Hawkins

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Energy Cost Shock May Ripple Into 2022 Phenol Markets

Hopes that the global phenol prices were on a downtrend in Q4 were dashed in October as producers in the US and Europe announced plans to increase...

Test tubes showing the process of making BPA.

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Bisphenol A — A Series of Unfortunate Events

Bisphenol A availability has been critically tight in all regions since the start of this year. Spot prices have soared to record highs over the last...

Rows of windmills for generating alternative energy at dusk.

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Epoxy Resins – The Sky’s the Limit

Consumer sentiment may have plunged to its darkest depths at the end of Q1 2021 after a series of events led to a widespread shortage of...

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A Bumpy Ride for the Epoxy Resins Market as Prices Hit Record Highs

After an abysmal Covid-hit May-June, the epoxy resins market was relieved to see the first shoots of improving demand in July and August. However, by...

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Acetone: A Tale of Two Chemicals—Isopropanol and Phenol

Acetone has seen some dramatic lows and highs since 2018. Global supply has gone from huge oversupply to very tight in less than two years. During...

Close-up of hand sanitizer that uses glycerol as its main ingredient.

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Has Glycerol Passed Its Peak?

The global economy came to a virtual standstill in the first half of 2020 as countries introduced lockdown measures in a bid to control the Covid-19...

Chart of COVID-19 shut-downs.

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Acetone and Bisphenol A - Resilience in the Face of Covid-19

It has been a few tough months for the global economy – an unprecedented pandemic and the ensuing widespread lockdowns have had a devastating impact...

Someone pouring epoxy resin out of a jar.

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Epoxy Resins – A Market Full of Shocks and Surprises

March business in the US and Europe took everyone by surprise by remaining in rude health despite the global economic shock caused by Covid-19. It...

Graph of European acetone sales price margins over propylene costs.

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Reversal of Fortune for Acetone?

Acetone prices have been in perpetual hell for the last 18 months - values plunged to historical lows in mid to late 2019, falling significantly...