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Updated to Q3 2020
By early July, some producers were considering a slow ramp up of operating rates as margins were suffering from higher feedstock costs and poor yields. Imports were thin. Shutdowns at PA producers in August could help the market continue to rebalance, but much of the supply outlook depends on whether downstream manufacturers who brought forward maintenances or who shut down because of a lack of demand remain open to make up for Q2 losses. Operating rates are expected to ramp up in September.
The construction sector is heard to have rebounded in France, Spain, Protugal and Eastern Europe, with stronger demand in July for most sellers although the rate of improvement has varied. The automotive sector is not expected back before Q4, but there is some hope that September could see a resurgence in upstream demand as tier 1 suppliers prepare to ramp up operating rates at OEMs. There remains some uncertainty about August demand as some businesses may choose to remain open to make up for Q2 losses.
We offer the following regional Phthalic anhydride analysis and news coverage to keep you informed of factors and developments affecting prices in the Asia Phthalic anhydride marketplace.
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Over half the production of phthalic anhydride is used in the manufacture of phthalate esters, employed as plasticisers in PVC. Other major uses are in polyester resins and (decreasingly) in alkyd resins.
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