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Updated to Q1 2020
Although imports are expected to keep to low levels as prices in Asia are forecast to keep on rising and the arbitrage window narrows down further, especially in light of the reignited tensions between Iran and the US, supply is expected to lengthen with most producers back to normal operating rates after the long holiday. One producer is still undergoing a FM and unable to offer to the market however. There are talks of feedstock OX tightening, in turn affecting PA production rates by February.
Demand is expected to pick up slightly on restocking in January. Q1 is generally a slower quarter for the market. European economic growth forecasts are pointing to a slow recovery and any tangible improvement of demand is expected to start trickling down into PA consumption by H2 2020.
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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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