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Use the independent price assessments and market coverage in our price reports to track the regional Phthalic anhydride market.
Updated to Q2 2018
The European phthalic anhydride (PA) market saw a few production issues in Q2. Rutgers had a planned maintenance in April, but had a slower than expected restart. There was also a 10-day unplanned issue for Ostend Basic Chemicals at the end of April along with persistent rumour of other production blips in Europe. This resulted in a tight spot market which drove some prices higher.
The second quarter usually sees the strongest demand for phthalic anhydride (PA), and while buying was at a good level, it was not as healthy as many had predicted which could be said for an array of associated products. There was some additional spot business, but this stemmed from reduced contract volumes due to supply issues rather than any real increase in overall consumption.
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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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