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A chart showing the price of paraxylene. It demonstrates the price gap between Asian-origin product (the gold baseline) versus (red) European and (blue) US product.

7 min read

Western PET Sector Profit Loss 2023: How Much and For How Long?

PET industry participants in Europe and North America are locked in a fight for survival. What can the PET sector do to improve its outlook for 2024?...

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,...

Chart indicating trade flows from major importing countries providing China's phenol supply.

4 min read

Global Supply Chain Statistics: Trade Transparency Visualized

It is one thing to know the price a chemical is currently valued in the market, a service that ResourceWise company Tecnon OrbiChem has provided for...

Graph indicating EU PET imports from July 2017 - July 2023.

2 min read

PET Anti-dumping Update: Proposed Provisional Duties

On 31 October 2023, the European Commission communicated the latest details of its anti-dumping investigation into Chinese polyethylene terephthalate...

Graph featuring 50+ years of habitat construction, US housing statistics by unit size.

7 min read

Chemicals Markets in Housing, Construction and Infrastructure Worldwide

At the risk of perpetuating a troubling 2023 trope, the construction sector is contradictory on a global scale right now. While growing populations...

A South Korean flag waves in the wind in the background of China's ensign.

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Chemicals Sector South Korea: Adapt or Dwindle Approach

South Korean petrochemical firms are adapting their business portfolios to combat oversupplied markets amidst a bearish demand for products.

Imports to the EU per origin country for PET used in plastic packaging.

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PET & its raw materials: Outlook for 2023, & 2022 in review

As we look to the PET sector's high season - Q2 2023 - market participants will be keen to lower the paraxylene cost disparity compared to Asia. It...

Chemical fluids coloured pink and green in glassware on a black background with coloured shapes.

2 min read

Chemicals industry crystal ball: Pricing up over 40 chemicals to 2024

The final white paper in the series A chemicals industry crystal ball leverages datasets from Tecnon OrbiChem's ChemForesight service to indicate...

Graph representing the Chinese chlor-alkali markets.

4 min read

Chlor-Alkali: What's Driving Chinese Markets?

Domestic caustic soda supply was sufficient for the Chinese market in H1 2021 thanks to the country's chlor-alkali producers’ stable operating rates....

Graph indicating the European Unsaturated Polyester Resin market fluctuations.

5 min read

Unsaturated Polyester Resins: Road to Recovery

Both European and US unsaturated polyester resin (UPR) prices saw back-to-back monthly increases throughout the first half of 2021. The market...

OrbiChem360's tradeflow wheel.

6 min read

Polyurethanes & Intermediates: Healthy Demand Keeps Isocyanates Markets Strong

Demand for polyurethane (PU) feedstocks is high as construction projects ramp up requirements. That, and the increased consumer focus on comfort at...

Pipeline in an ammonia industrial plant.

2 min read

Ammonia Shortage Triggers Supply Chain Ripple Effect

South Korea’s urea supply crunch is a stark reminder of the value in supply chain diversification. With very little means of meeting its own urea...