Acetone Glut Likely to Last

April 9, 2019 As China celebrates the Spring Festival mid-February, it is not uncommon for their inventory of petrochemicals, including Acetone, to reach an annual high. However, the inventories this year are staggering. Acetone inventory in China is presently at a 100% increase over last year. Storage facilities have reached bursting point as they turn […]

Two Fires Fuel Uncertainty for Methyl Ethyl Ketone (MEK)

March 26, 2019 The residents of Houston, TX found themselves under a hazardous cloud last week as a major storage facility for Shell Chemicals, ITC Deer Park terminal, blazed. Although only a few of the 242 tanks at ITC burned, and reports did not indicate that any of the tanks contained MEK, Shell Chemicals subsequently […]

Caustic Soda Update

December 18, 2018 Supply: Over the past few years, several factors have led to a global tightening of supply for Caustic Soda. In China, lackluster margins for co-product chlorine and new environmental regulations resulted in steady decline of availability, particularly for US imports. In Europe, the chlor-alkali sector committed in 2001 to phase out mercury-cell […]

Sodium Hydroxide Market Update

March 12, 2018 Supply: Over the past few years, several factors have led to a global tightening of supply for Caustic Soda. In China, lackluster margins for co-product chlorine and new environmental regulations have resulted in steady decline of available Caustic Soda, particularly for the export market. In Europe, the chlor-alkali sector committed in 2001 […]

Hurricane Harvey’s Effect on Chemical Supply

August 30, 2017 Our thoughts and prayers here at CORECHEM, Inc. are with those who have recently been affected by the Tropical Storm Harvey, which made landfall as a category four Hurricane.  Families and businesses all over the states of Texas and Louisiana have been hit hard by the fury of the storm. As a […]

Chlor-Alkali Market Update – February 21, 2017

The Chlor-Alkali market has been relatively steady for the last 12 months, but there are some recent developments that are well to take note of.  These are likely to continue putting pricing pressure particularly on liquid & dry caustic soda, as well as hydrochloric acid.   Liquid Caustic Soda 50% (Sodium Hydroxide) Over the past […]