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Chemical manufacturing plant where plasticizers are manufactured.

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European Plasticizers Prices Skyrocket as Supply Issues Mount

Plasticizer supply in Europe has been gradually tightening since the start of the summer of 2020 but tightness has reached a new level in the past...

Graph showing the cellulosic fibers market.

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Cellulosic Fibers – The Sequel

Following Tecnon OrbiChem’s report last year on Cellulosic Fibers based on the Nova-Institute Cellulosic Fibers conference, how has the outlook for...

Chemical manufacturing plant with lights on at dusk.

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PVC Supply Tightens, Sharply Sending Prices Surging

For one reason or another supply of PVC in several regions around the world has been disrupted over the last six months. In Europe, the region saw an...

Forest line against a blue sky.

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Pine-Based Chemicals and Fuel Demand in the Spotlight

Investments are ramping up for chemicals, materials, and fuel using woody biomass and pulp by-products for feedstock. Supply and demand for crude...

Chart indicating movement in the maleic anhydride markets.

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Coronavirus Drives Wide Swings in Global Maleic Anhydride Market

Global maleic anhydride markets were booming in the last quarter of 2020 and the early part of the New Year. China was a little ahead of the curve...

Close-up of a worker pouring concrete at an industrial building site.

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UPR Margins Under Pressure Due to Increasing Feedstock Costs

Unsaturated polyester resin (UPR) prices have been on an upward trajectory since the fourth quarter of 2020. Consecutive price increase announcements...

Close-up of plasticizer entry in a dictionary

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Supply for Plasticisers in Europe Remains Snug but There are Challenges Ahead

2020 has been a very challenging year for European plasticizer producers. Following a terrible second quarter, as consumption, particularly in...

Close-up of foamy gel drops containing surfactants

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Glycolipid Market Expands as Production Technology Improves

Several biotechnology and specialty chemical companies are ramping up marketing and commercialization of microbial-based surfactants, especially...

Close-up of multicolor synthetic resin granules with a dark background

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Synthetic Resins and Intermediates in the Circular Economy Post COVID-19: A SWOT Analysis

COVID-19 has changed everything. We don’t work, play, or study like we used to, and the destruction that has followed in its wake will require a new...

Pipes made out of PVC.

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How Plunging PVC Demand is Behind the Recovery in the Caustic Soda Market

As the world battles to control the Covid-19 outbreak, demand in many chemical sectors is tumbling. With automotive and construction industries...

Resin being poured into a mold.

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As the Chinese UPR Market Starts to Put Out Green Shoots: the US and Europe Face Frosty Demand

The Chinese UP resin market started to show some recovery in March after coming to a standstill in late January and remaining virtually shut down...

Crude oil refinery.

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Maleic Markets Reel as Feedstocks Prices Drop and Demand Falters

As crude oil and all related markets fell with shocking speed in response to deepening fears over the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the maleic...