Special AFPM Edition

 AFPM SE 2

 

AFPM Talking Points

  1. Logistics Issues (Rail and Trucking)
    1. Longer Lead Times
    2. Port Labor Issues
    3. West Coast Longshoreman and Warehouse Unions contracts expire on June 30, 2014
    4. US logistics assets dedicated to oil and gas industry
  2. Regulatory
    1. Understanding and Adhering to Global Regulations
    2. Prop 65
    3. TSCA
    4. REACH
  3. Russia/ Crimea Situation
    1. Will this impact Pet Chems?
    2. If so..  What products?  How Soon?
    3. Oil prices firming on new dialogue between US and Russia
  4. China Capacities- will they come to fruition?
    1. No Gov’t bailouts- will private companies fail?
    2. Economy stalled.
    3. Rateable Supply?
  5. Natural Gas Prices
    1. Will prices remain high?
    2. Record amount of Nat Gas needed for Winter demand recovery.
  6. Oil Pricing
    1. Steady and expected to remain in a narrow range on limited OPEC production.

 

 

Historic AFPM Quote:

 ‘Petrochemicals has become a global game… Just imagine what would happen if the Chinese economy were to falter or even collapse for a while… Capacity in the Middle East would immediately be redirected to markets in Europe and the US. If this were to persist for any length of time it would have disastrous impacts on our industry. This is the potential dark cloud hanging over the growth in China and the Middle East.’ – Rein Williams, President Shell Nederlands Source: ICIS Chemical Business 2005

 

Product News

Adipic Acid:                                     25 Kg., 500 Kg. and 1,000 Kg. Bags (In Stock and Available Now!)

Ammonium Bromide:                25 Kg. Bags in Stock and Immediately Available

Bio- Succinic Acid:                       2,000 lb. supersacks and 25 Kg. Bags Available Now!

Dicyandiamide:                              25 Kg. Bags and 2,000 lb. supersacks available now!

Epoxidized Soy Bean Oil:          TCC offers bulk trucks and totes to North America.

GPO DiOctyl Terephthalate (DOTP):    TCC offers bulk trucks of GPO DOTP to North America.  Product is in stock and available now.

Malic Acid:                                          25 Kg. Bags in Stock and Available Now!

Maleic Anhydride:                          25 Kg. bags of USA produced briquettes available soon!

NatureFlexx 509:                            Phthalate Free General Purpose Plasticizer.  Available in Bulk, Totes (2200 lbs.) and Drums.  (Totes in stock and immediately avail.)

Tetrabromo Phthalic Anhydride (TBPA):                  1,000 Kg bags in stock and available now!

Vestinol 9 DINP:                              TCC offers bulk trucks and split loads (w/ eso or dop) of DINP to North America.

 

 

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CRITICAL RAW MATERIALS MARKETS

Check the real-time commodities tracker at thechemco.com for up to the minute info. Raw Material Trends Legend

Benzene: U.S. benzene contracts for March settled down $.14/ gallon to US$4.90/ gallon from US$5.09/ gallon in February.  March MTD spot prices averaged $4.85/ gallon Compared to February’s $4.99.  US pricing highest in the world.  Less avail. due to lighter feeds.  

n-Butane:  Normal Butane prices are trading in the high US$1.20’s.  Pricing has trended lower recently and maintained its price below February’s price average of US$1.41 per gallon.  

Ethylene:   U.S. Contract Price for February settled down $.0075 to $.495/ lb.  Spot ethylene remains in the low $.50’s/ lb. but cas costs are down and buyers are expecting another decrease ($.02/ lb.).  January settled at US$.5025/ lb.  This was a $.02/ lb. increase from December.  

Natural Gas: April NYMEX Henry Hub settled at $4.369/ mmbtu.  Strong demand and low inventories pushed pricing steadily higher throughout January and February with spot prices reaching $8.00/ mmbtu 3 times this winter.  Current NYMEX pricing is US$4.47/ mmbtu.   UP

Natural Gas Trends - The Chemical Company

 

Oil: WTI crude moderated higher since mid- February up to $107/ barrel due to the Ukraine/ Crimea situation and a colder then average Winter.  Prices have retreated some as crisis and cold wane but forward models show level pricing with an emphasis toward higher prices.  Current WTI .$100- $102/ barrel.  \UP

Crude Oil Trends - The Chemical Company

 

Orthoxylene: March contract pricing rolled at US$.585/ lb.  April has not yet settled.  Demand appears to be improving.  

Propylene: March contract pricing settled down $.015/ lb. to $.72/ lb. for Polymer Grade and $.705/ lb. for Chemical Grade.  April contracts have been nominated by at least one producer at a roll.   

 

CHEMICALS MARKETS

Adipic Acid

Adipic Acid pricing has steadily increased following strong benzene pricing.  Supply is balanced due to recent capacity restrictions in the EU and a lack of consistent production in China.  TCC has Adipic Acid in stock and immediately available in 1,000 Kg. Sacks, 500 Kg. Sacks and 25 Kg. bags.  

Ammonia

April pricing in Tampa increased a massive 26% to $580/ ton.  This is an increase of US$120/ ton from March’s US$460/ton.   Higher international prices due to the Crimea/ Ukraine issues and a possible outage in Trinidad are sighted as reasons for the increase. UP

Antimony Trioxide

Demand for antimony trioxide remains weak.  Current offers are in the low to mid $4.00/ lb. range for full truckloads.  Buyers continue to keep inventories to a minimum and use alternate chemistries where possible.  Small bags and sacks are immediately available.  

Citric Acid

Citric Acid pricing remains steady with overall good demand.  The Chemical Company has both 25 Kg. bags and 1,000 Kg. bags in stock and immediately available.  

Dicyandiamide 

Prices have increased slightly due to good seasonal and overall demand.  There are some minor production issues noted in China.  The Chemical Company has both 25 Kg. bags and 1,000 Kg. sacks in stock and immediately available. UP

Epoxidized Soybean Oil

Soybean oil prices continue to trend higher (CBOT @ $1436.5) as they have since early Feb.  Check thechemco.com for real time soybean oil pricing on our commodities ticker.  Epoxidized Soybean Oil Supply is tight healthy with new players pushing prices lower.  ESO Pricing has stabilized for the moment due to South American supply restrictions and very good demand.  The Chemical Company offers bulk, split trucks, drums and totes of epoxidized soy bean oil.  UP

 

Soybean Oil Trends - The Chemical Company

Fumaric Acid

Fumaric Acid Pricing is pushing higher due toi supply restrictions from domestic producers.   Long lead times are noted.   Due to much lower nbutane values (high $1.20’s per gallon) North American producers are enjoying the low cost production position.   Order early for ratable supply.   UP

 

Glycol (Mono, Di and Tri)

MEG –    U.S. Contract Prices for March rolled over yet a decrease is expected for April as Asia prices reach the bottom.  Spot pricing is in the low $.40’s.  Rail delays from Canada and a flooded Mississippi River are hampering the movement of MEG to NA consumers.  

DEGAt least 1 U.S. producers announced a $.01/lb. increase for April.  Spot prices are in the low $.50’s per lb. fob Gulf.  UP

TEGDemand is surprisingly weak despite continued cold weather.     Prices have retreated into the mid $.80’s per lb. on lack of demand. 

 

Isophthalic Acid

Supply of PIA is limited to import p[roduct with a recent mechanical failure and waste water issue at Flint Hills forcing them to declare force majeure.  This FM continues as consumers hope for good news in the near future.  Import product is offered at a major premium with long lead times as traders/ distributors look to capitalize on the situation.  UP

Maleic Anhydride

Supply is tight in North America due to at least one producer outage.  Molten Prices increased 3 cts/ lb. in March despite very low n-butane values.  Solid Maleic prices are stable with limited availability until anticipated new US production comes on line. TCC offers bulk Molten Maleic Anhydride and 25 Kg. bags of Maleic Anhydride pastilles. UP

Melamine    

Melamine supply has improved on steady operating rates but pricing remains level.  TCC has Melamine in stock and available.  

Malic Acid

Malic Acid Pricing has increased on short supply and significant lead times for both domestic and imported material.  Low butane costs have made North American producers the most competitive in the world. TCC has Malic Acid in stock and available. 

Methanol:

The Methanex Non-Discounted Reference Price for April will  decrease by US$.10/ gallon to US$1.80/ gallon.  Spot pricing is currently approx. US$1.50/ gal.  Chinese producers take advantage of the high prices and arbitrage in NA pushing spot values lower.  

Notes:

  • Methanol is seeing increased demand world –wide for Olefins and fuel blending
  • Methanex Geismar slated for completion Q4 2014
  • World-wide operating rates are an impressive 75%- can it last?
  • Heavy demand for Winter season applications beginning to wane
  • Availability of tank trucks and rail complications continue

 

Nitric Acid

Nitric Acid pricing is under pressure from Ammonia and expected to increase.   Ammonia pricing increased 26% for April.  UP

 

Phenolic Resins

Phenol pricing has shifted only moderately lower this month due to slightly lower benzene values.  Formaldehyde pricing will get a modest decrease with the far east pressuring methanol pricing.  

 

Phthalic Anhydride

Phthalic Anhydride pricing is steady but demand has improved.  Russian import product will likely dry up with the tensions over Crimea and the Ukraine.  TCC has 500 kg, 1,000 Kg and 25 Kg. bags in stock and immediately available.   

 

Plasticizers and Plasticizer Alcohols

Plasticizer demand in North America is improving with seasonal demand starting to materialize.  Pricing on general purpose pz’s is extremely competitive with continued Asian import pressure.  Trimellitate plasticizers are extremely tight due to the FHR FM on TMA.  

Plasticizer alcohol demand has improved in North America yet prices have decreased some.  Oxo alcohols remain long in Asia where new capacities have flooded the market.  More new oxo capacity recently started in China adding more alcohol to an already over supplied market.  Linear alcohols are extremely tight especially 8 10 alcohol.  

TCC has a wide variety of general purpose and specialty plasticizers.  We offer phthalate, terephthalate, non- phthalate and phthalate free options.

 

Styrene monomer

Styrene pricing decreased slightly for March in line with lower benzene values (down $.15/ gallon).   Benzene is expected to make a modest retreat for April.  North America demand remains slow.   

 

Urea

Current granular barge pricing of Urea is US$420 – $430/ ton currently firm and steady to down in the coming weeks.  Prills are reported at $390- $395/ ton fob Gulf.   Prices moved up $40-$50/ ton into March but mainly steady in recent weeks.  Forward prices appear stable to lower.  

For more information on these or any of the products and services provided by TCC please contact Robb Roach directly at Robb@thechemco.com or go to our web site at thechemco.com

 

Chemical Markets Update

March2K14

ACCThe American Chemistry Council

The ACC is conducting a webinar on March 6, 2014 at 11 AM Eastern time regarding the topic of the DINP to the California “Propisition 65” list of chemicals “known to the State to cause cancer.” This listing passed despite the weight of scientific evidence to the contrary.  The listing occurred on December 20, 2013 and will take effect on December 20, 2014.

Those of you who wish to know more about the impact of this listing, and estimating exposure to DINP in consumer products, may wish to participate in the webinar.  Registration is required, accessed by the link below.  Once you go to the link, scroll down to the second entry to register.

The webinar agenda is as follows:

Prop 65 and High Phthalates

Thursday, March 6, at 11:00 AM EST (New York)
Presented by the American Chemistry Council

In December 2013, the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) added the phthalate DINP to California’s Proposition 65 list as “known to the State to cause cancer” despite the weight of scientific evidence indicating that DINP should not be listed on Prop 65. To support the DINP value chain, the American Chemistry Council High Phthalates Panel plans to develop a resource to assist in estimating potential exposures to DINP from vinyl consumer products.
As part of this webinar, we will provide an example of how to estimate exposures to the high phthalate DIDP, using an existing tool developed by the High Phthalates Panel. Currently, there are almost 900 substances on the Prop 65 list, including food ingredients and common household products, naturally occurring substances, ethyl alcohol in alcoholic beverages, aspirin and many prescription drugs. Prop 65 requires anyone doing business in California to label a product but only if human exposure to a listed substance in the product is expected to be at a level above the established “safe harbor” level for that substance.

http://www.ides.com/webinars/

 

 Quote of the Month:

“Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power.  We have guided missiles and misguided men.”

– Martin Luther King Jr.

 


 

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Product News

Adipic Acid: 25 Kg., 500 Kg. and 1,000 Kg. Bags (In Stock and Available Now!)

Tetrabromo Phthalic Anhydride (TBPA):1,000 Kg bags in stock and available now!

NatureFlexx 509: Phthalate Free General Purpose Plasticizer.  Available in Totes (2200 lbs.) and Drums.  (Totes in stock and immediately avail.)

Malic Acid:25 Kg. Bags in Stock and Available Now!

Maleic Anhydride:25 Kg. bags of USA produced briquettes available soon!

Bio- Succinic Acid:2,000 lb. supersacks and 25 Kg. Bags Available Now!

Vestinol 9 DINP: TCC offers bulk trucks and split loads (w/ eso or dop) of DINP to North America.

GPO DiOctyl Terephthalate (DOTP): TCC offers bulk trucks of GPO DOTP to North America.  Product is in stock and available now.

Ammonium Bromide: 25 Kg. Bags in Stock and Immediately Available

 


 

New & Updated Technical Information

Benzoic Acid

ChemFlexx 206 Plasticizer for Outdoor Applications

Methanol

Phthalic Anhydride

Succinic Acid

Urea

 


 

Critical Raw Materials Markets

Check the real-time commodities tracker at thechemco.com for up to the minute info.

Raw Materials Legend - The Chemical Company Benzene:   U.S. benzene contracts for March settled down $.14/ gallon to US$4.90/ gallon from US$5.09/ gallon in February.  February spot prices averaged $4.98- $4.99/ gallon. 

n-Butane:  Normal Butane prices are trading in the high US$1.20’s and low $1.30’s per gallon.  Pricing has trended lower recently and maintained its price below January’s price average of US$1.49 per gallon.  

Ethylene:   U.S. Contract Price for February has not yet settled but are expected to roll.  January settled at US$.5025/ lb.  This is a $.02/ lb. increase from December. 

Natural Gas: NYMEX NG pricing has steadily moved higher throughout February.  Current NYMEX pricing is US$4.60/ mmbtu. UP

Oil: WTI crude has moderated higher to US$103+/- per barrel.  UP

Orthoxylene: February contracts settled down US$.015/ lb. to US$.585/ lb.  March has not yet settled.  

Propylene: February contract pricing settled at $.735/ lb. for Polymer Grade and $.72/ lb. for Chemical Grade.  March contracts have been nominated by at least one producer to decrease by $.01/ lb.  

 


 

Chemicals Markets

Adipic Acid:

Adipic Acid pricing has steadily increased following strong benzene pricing.  Supply is balanced due to recent capacity restrictions in the EU and a lack of consistent production in China.  TCC has Adipic Acid in stock and immediately available in 1,000 Kg. Sacks, 500 Kg. Sacks and 25 Kg. bags.   

For more information please contact Robb Roach at robb@thechemco.com

 

Ammonia

March pricing in Tampa increased US$45/ ton to US$460/ton.  UP

 

Antimony Trioxide:

Demand for antimony trioxide remains weak.  Current offers are in the low to mid $4.00/ lb. range for full truckloads.  Buyers continue to keep inventories to a minimum and use alternate chemistries where possible.  Small bags and sacks are immediately available.  

For more information please contact AJ Petrarca aj@thechemco.com

 

Citric Acid:

Citric Acid pricing remains steady with overall good demand.  The Chemical Company has both 25 Kg. bags and 1,000 Kg. bags in stock and immediately available.  

 

Dicyandiamide:

One major Chinese producer is shut down with production issues and is expected to be down until the end of March.  This will likely cause prices to trend up slightly in the near future.  The Chemical Company has both 25 Kg. bags and 1,000 Kg. sacks in stock and immediately available.     

For more information please contact AJ Petrarca aj@thechemco.com

 

Epoxidized Soybean Oil:

Soybean oil prices are trending higher (CBOT up 5% in the last week) and expected to continue.  Check thechemco.com for real time soybean oil pricing on our commodities ticker.  Epoxidized Soybean Oil Supply is healthy with new players pushing prices lower.  ESO Pricing has stabilized for the moment due to South American supply restrictions.  TCC offers bulk, split trucks, drums and totes of epoxidized soy bean oil.   

For more information please contact Tom Guadagno at tguadagno@thechemco.com

 

Fumaric Acid:

Fumaric Acid Pricing is stable but long lead times are noted.  Due to much lower butane values North American producers are enjoying a low cost production position.   Order early for rateable supply.   

For more information please contact AJ Petrarca aj@thechemco.com

 

Glycol (Mono, Di and Tri):

Ethylene:   U.S. Contract Price for February increased $.02/lb. to $.5025/ lb.  March is expected at a roll over from February.  

MEG: Contract pricing rolls for March.  Spot prices are in the low $.40’s/ lb. fob Gulf .

DEG: U.S. producers announced a $.02-$.03/lb. increase for March.  Spot prices are in the high $.40’s per lb. fob Gulf.  UP

TEG: Demand is weak despite continued cold weather.     Prices have retreated into the $.90’s per lb. on lack of demand.

For more information please contact Robb Roach at robb@thechemco.com

 

Isophthalic Acid:

Supply of PIA is limited with a recent mechanical failure at Flint Hills forcing them to declare force majeure.  This FM could last 6-8 weeks!  Import product is offered at a major premium with long lead times.  UP UP

For more information please contact Robb Roach at robb@thechemco.com

 

Maleic Anhydride:

Supply is tight in North America due to at least one producer outage.  Molten Prices have remained stable despite a sizeable drop in n-butane values.  Solid Maleic prices are stable with limited availability until anticipated new US production comes on line.  TCC offers bulk Molten Maleic Anhydride and  25 Kg. bags of Maleic Anhydride pastilles.   

For more information please contact AJ Petrarca aj@thechemco.com

 

Melamine:    

Melamine supply has improved on steady operating rates but pricing remains level.  TCC has Melamine in stock and available.  

For more information please contact Javier Fernandez  Javier@thechemco.com 

 

Malic Acid:

Malic Acid Pricing has stabilized but there are significant lead times for both domestic and imported material.  Low butane costs have made North American producers the most competitive in the world.   The Chemical Company has Malic Acid in stock and available.

For more information please contact AJ Petrarca aj@thechemco.com

 

Methanol:

The Methanex Non-Discounted Reference Price for March will remain unchanged at US$1.90/ gallon.  Spot pricing is currently approx. US$1.67- $1.68/ gal. 

For more information please contact Robb Roach at robb@thechemco.com

Notes:

Methanol is seeing increased demand world –wide

World-wide operating issues are keeping supply snug and prices firm

Heavy demand for Winter season applications beginning to wane

Methanol expected to remain snug for the coming months as inventories recover

Availability of tank trucks remains an issue

 

Nitric Acid:

Nitric Acid pricing is stable and availability is good.   Ammonia pricing increased for March.  

For more information please contact Robb Roach at robb@thechemco.com

 

Phenolic Resins:

Phenol pricing has shifted only moderately lower this month due to slightly lower benzene values.  Formaldehyde pricing remains under pressure from higher methanol pricing.  

For more information please contact John Santini at john@thechemco.com

 

Phthalic Anhydride:

Phthalic Anhydride pricing will decrease by $.015/ lb. in March in line with the orthoxylene price decrease.  

For more Information please contact Javier Fernandez at javier@thechemco.com

 

Plasticizers and Plasticizer Alcohols:

Plasticizer demand in North America is improving with seasonal demand starting to materialize.  Pricing is extremely competitive with continued Asian import pressure.  

Plasticizer alcohol demand has improved in North America and prices have firmed.  But oxo alcohols are long in Asia and the EU.  More new oxo capacity is coming on stream in China for Q2 adding more alcohol to an already over supplied market. 

For more information please contact Forest Goodman at forest@thechemco.com

 

TCC Plasticizers available:

For more details please visit https://thechemco.com/chemicals/featured/


 

Non (ortho)- Phthalate:

ChemFlexx Dibenzoate Esters

ChemFlexx Di-2-ethylhexyl Succinate (DOSX)

ChemFlexx NP 500” Non- Phthalate Replacement for General Purpose Plasticizers

ChemFlexx NP 600” Non- Phthalate Replacement for DIDP

“NatureFlexx 509” Phthalate Free General Purpose (ATBC)

Epoxidized Soybean Oil

ChemFlexx TOTM (Tri-2-ethylhexyl Trimellitate)

ChemFlexx DOA (Di-2-ethylhexyl Adipate)

ChemFlexx 8 10 Trimellitate

ChemFlexx DOTP (Di-2-ethylhexyl Terephthalate)

Oxsoft 3G8 (Triethylenglycol-di-(2-ethylhexanoate))

Oxsoft DUO 1

Oxsoft DUO 2

 


Phthalate:

Vestinol 9 DiIsononyl Phthalate (DINP)

“ChemFlexx 206” Functional Linear Phthalate Replacement

“ChemFlexx 208” Low Temp Functional Linear Phthalate Replacement

ChemFlexx DOP (Di-2-ethylhexyl Phthalate)

ChemFlexx DUP (DiUndecyl Phthalate)

DMP (DiMethyl Phthalate)

Brominated DOP

ChemFlexx 9 11 Phthalate

ChemFlexx L9 Phthalate

 

Styrene monomer:

Styrene pricing decreased slightly for March in line with lower benzene values (down $.15/ gallon).   NA demand remains slow.  

For more information please contact Robb Roach at robb@thechemco.com

 

Urea:

Current granular barge pricing of Urea is US$420 – $430/ ton and steady to down in the coming weeks.  Prills are reported at $390- $400/ ton fob Gulf.   Prices are up $40-$50/ ton in the last month.  Forward prices appear stable to lower.  UP

For more information please contact Robb Roach at robb@thechemco.com

 

 

We appreciate your taking the time to review this newsletter. For more information on these or any of the products and services provided by TCC or contributions regarding our readers’ company/industry activities, please send them to Robb Roach at Robb@thechemco.com