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Several dozen colorful cargo and shipping containers stacked up at a port location.

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Barge, Truck or Train? Panama Ships and Supply Chains

During a particularly poignant moment in Apple TV's drama series The Morning Show, UBA weatherman Yanko Flores defines El Niño. It is, he laments,...

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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...

Side of a phenol production plant.

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Phenol, Acetone & Derivatives - How Will New Capacities Impact the Value Chain in China?

From 2020 to 2022, there will be more than 2,100 ktpa of new phenol capacity that will come online together with 1,300 ktpa of acetone. During the...

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...

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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...

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...

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...