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Asia petrochemicals outlook, w/c Oct 8

Singapore —
Activity in a Asian petrochemical marketplace is approaching to collect adult this week after a week-long National Day holiday in China, with direct set to emerge in some segments due to restocking requirements, marketplace sources said.

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However there are holidays this week in Japan on Monday and Taiwan on Wednesday, and some participants are absent from a marketplace as they are attending a 52nd European Petrochemical Association discussion in Vienna over Oct 7-10.

OLEFINS

Discussion is approaching to collect adult this week for ethylene in Asia amid softening mark prices in both Northeast and Southeast Asia. “Chinese buyers might need to gain for restocking when they come back, yet this is still uncertain,” a customer in Southeast Asia said.

Margins for naphtha and downstream polyethylene were hovering during healthy levels for integrated producers, marketplace sources said.

However a Asian butadiene marketplace was approaching to sojourn bearish amid bad margins for downstream acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene makers. Across Asia, there is small organisation shopping seductiveness seen, quite as many ABS makers continue to reduce plant handling rates. Asian traders are expecting it tough to get buyers outward of China, with some traders even deliberation offered to a US given a diseased prices in Asia, marketplace sources said.

AROMATICS

Market participants are expecting a post-China holiday pickup in direct this week, nonetheless there was doubt around either this could support benzene prices. Demand from Southeast Asia will approaching sojourn skinny as Nov mandate have been concluded. Some direct was listened from Middle Eastern buyers, that could potentially assistance palliate a oversupply in Asia, marketplace sources said.

A series of Asian paraxylene marketplace participants are attending an attention discussion in Europe this week and prolonged tenure agreement negotiations for 2019 are approaching to start there. More PX supply is approaching to be combined to a supply pool going brazen as Indonesia’s Trans Pacific Petrochemical Indotama or TPPI restarts a aromatics formidable during Tuban in East Java, that has been close given May 2014.

POLYMERS

Sentiment is approaching to sojourn bearish in a mark Asian polypropylene marketplace this week amid diseased downstream demand. Despite upstream propylene costs augmenting and a ardour formidable reaching multi-year highs, PP end-users pronounced downstream direct was not clever and they would not wish to compensate more. Production costs in Asia have risen by adult to 19% due to a uptick in naphtha prices, producers said.

It is low direct deteriorate in a Asian polyethylene terephthalate marketplace and view was approaching to sojourn bearish this week. Spot shopping ardour was singular amid off-peak deteriorate for PET resins. Based on prevalent mark PTA and MEG feedstock prices, Northeast Asia’s PET domain stood during reduction $34.80/mt Friday, and for Southeast Asia during reduction $35.20/mt.

INTERMEDIATES

Asian caprolactam mark prices were approaching to be bullish this week amid parsimonious supply in a leadup to rise direct deteriorate in winter.

In Taiwan, prompt direct was listened to be rising, ensuing in shrinking inventories for producers and some-more imports from Europe, Japan and South Korea to keep adult with demand, one writer said. On a buy side, downstream nylon and chronicle direct have serve driven adult demand, with handling rates during healthy levels.

Buying indications from end-users were approaching to be lowered this week amid weaker view downstream in a poly vinyl chloride market. US cargoes were listened entrance into Asia due to register taxation regulations in a US, sources said.

“With a US-China trade war, many of a cargoes are now entrance into Taiwan,” a Taiwanese customer said. A Japanese merchant remarkable that even yet direct was stable, many buyers were watchful on a sidelines for producers to reduce their offers.

–Brian Ng, brian.ng@spglobal.com

–Edited by Wendy Wells, wendy.wells@spglobal.com

Article source: https://www.spglobal.com/platts/en/market-insights/latest-news/petrochemicals/100818-asia-petrochemicals-outlook-wc-oct-8

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