Celanese raises September VAM prices in Americas

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Celanese Corporation, a global chemical and specialty materials company, has increased September list and off-list selling prices for Vinyl Acetate Monomer (VAM) sold in the Americas, said the producer on its site.

The price increases below are effective for orders shipped on or after 15 September 2020, or as contracts otherwise allow, and are incremental to any previously announced increases.

Thus, VAM prices rose, as follows:

- by USD0.10/lb - for the USA and Canada;
- by USD250/mt - for Mexico & South America.

As MRC reported earlier, Celanese last raised its VAM prices in the Americas on 14 August, 2020, as stated below:

- by USD0.03/lb - for the USA and Canada;
- by USD125/mt - for Mexico & South America.

According to MRC's DataScope report, June EVA imports to Russia fell by 22,5% year on year to 2,940 tonnes from 3,800 tonnes a year earlier, and overall imports of this grade of ethylene copolymer into the Russian Federation dropped in January-June 2020 by 8,16% year on year to 17,440 tonnes (18,980 tonnes a year earlier).

Celanese Corporation is a global technology leader in the production of differentiated chemistry solutions and specialty materials used in most major industries and consumer applications. Based in Dallas, Celanese employs approximately 7,700 employees worldwide and had 2019 net sales of USD6.3 billion.

PVC imports to Belarus rose by 17% in Jan-Jul 2020

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Overall imports of unmixed polyvinyl chloride (PVC) into Belarus totalled 26,800 tonnes in the first seven months of 2020, up by 17% year on year, according to MRC's DataScope report.

According to the Statistical Committee of the Republic of Belarus, local converters maintained high level of PVC purchasing in July 2020 on the back of strong seasonal demand for finished products, overall imports totalled 5,600 tonnes, as a month earlier. Russian resin accounted for the main increase in purchasing.

Thus, imports of unmixed PVC reached 26,800 tonnes in January-July 2020, compared to 22,900 tonnes a year earlier.
Russian producers with the share of about 83% of the Belarusian market were the key suppliers of resin to Belarus over the stated period. Producers from Germany and Ukraine with the share of approximately 8% and 6%, respectively, were the second and third largest suppliers, respectively.


PP imports to Belarus decreased by 3% in January-July

MOSCOW (MRC) - Imports of polypropylene (PP) into Belarus decreased to about 62,800 tonnes in first seven months of this year, down 3% year on year, compared to the same period of 2019. The greatest decrease in imports accounted for propylene copolymers, according to MRC DataScope.

July imports of polypropylene in Belarus decreased to 7,300 tonnes, while a month earlier this figure was about 11,000 tonnes, local companies reduced the volume of purchases of all types of propylene polymers in Russia. Total PP imports into the country reached 62,800 tonnes in January - July, compared with 64,600 tonnes year on year. The demand for homopolymer PP increased, but demand for propylene copolymers decreased.

The structure of PP imports by grades looked the following way over the stated period.

July imports of homopolymer PP to the Belarusian market decreased to 6,300 tonnes from 7,500 tonnes a month earlier, shipments of injection moulding homopolymer PP from Russia decreased. Overall imports of homopolymer PP reached 45,900 tonnes in the first seven months of 2020, up by 7% year on year.

July imports of propylene copolymers to Belarus were about 1,000 tonnes versus 3,500 tonnes a month earlier, local companies decreased significantly their procurement of injection moulding block-copolymers of propylene (PP block copolymer) from Russian producers. Thus, overall imports of propylene copolymers reached 16,900 tonnes in January-July, down by 22% year on year.


ExxonMobil starts turnaround at Singapore cracker

MOSCOW (MRC) -- ExxonMobil, one of the world's petrochemical major, has undertaken a planned shutdown at its cracker in Singapore, according to Apic-online.

A Polymerupdate source in Europe informed that, the company halted operations at the cracker for maintenance on September 14, 2020. The cracker is expected to remain off-line till end-October, 2020.

Located at Jurong Island, Singapore, the cracker has an ethylene production capacity of 1 million mt/year and a propylene production capacity of 450,000 mt/year.

As MRC reported earlier, in June, 2019, ExxonMobil said that it had completed an expansion at its Singapore refinery to upgrade its production of EHC Group II base stocks, strengthening the global supply of high-quality base stocks and enhancing the integrated facility’s competitiveness.

Ethylene and propylene are feedstocks for producing polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP).

According to MRC's ScanPlast report, Russia's overall PE production totalled 1,712,400 tonnes in the first seven months of 2020, up by 58% year on year. Linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE) accounted for the greatest increase in the output. At the same time, overall PP production in Russia increased in January-July 2020 by 24% year on year to 1,063,700 tonne. ZapSibNeftekhim accounted for the main increase in the output.

ExxonMobil is the largest non-government owned company in the energy industry and produces about 3% of the world's oil and about 2% of the world's energy.

Eneos Corporation shuts FCC unit in Chiba for unscheduled maintenance

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Eneos Corporation, formerly known as JXTG Nippon Oil & Energy, has taken off-stream its fluid catalytic cracker (FCC) unit owing to technical issues, according to Apic-online.

A Polymerupdate source in Japan informed that, the company has undertaken an unplanned shutdown at the unit around September 7, 2020. The unit is likely to remain off-line for around 15 days.

Located at Chiba in Japan, the FCC unit has a propylene capacity of 50,000 mt/year.

As MRC reported earlier, JXTG Nippon Oil & Energy brought on-stream its FCC in Sendai with a propylene capacity of 100,000 mt/year on 14 August, 2020. The unit was shut for maintenance, on July 28, 2019.

According to MRC's DataScope report, PP imports into Russia rose in the first six months of 2020 by 21% year on year to 105,300 tonnes. Propylene homopolymer (homopolymer PP) accounted for the main increase in imports.

Japan's largest refiner JXTG Nippon Oil & Energy was renamed ENEOS Corporation on 25 June, 2020, as part of a wider re-organization of the parent company JXTG Holdings. The move, which also involved renaming the parent company to ENEOS Holdings upon approval at its annual shareholders meeting in June 2020, comes as it strives to be a more comprehensive energy and materials company under its 2040 vision announced in May, 2019. JXTG Holdings was formed as a result of a merger between JX Holdings and TonenGeneral in April 2017. This followed the establishment of JX Holdings as a result of the merger between Nippon Oil and Nippon Mining Holdings in April 2010.