PTA to face price pressure on fresh supply?
Supply of purified terephthalic acid (PTA) in Asia is expected to lengthen in the second half of 2018 as new capacities will start up in the major markets of India and China, amid a slowdown in demand, according to ICIS, a leading petrochemicals market information provider.
Cotton price to rise 8-10%?
The Cotton Advisory Board (CAB) has revised its cotton output estimate to 370 lakh bales (1bale= 170 kg) from the previous estimate of 377 lakh bales for cotton season 2018 beginning October 1, 2017.
Cotton output recovery continues
Recovery continues in cotton production for 2017-18 with a projected 11 per cent growth due to increased area to a projected 25.4 million tonne (MT).
Apparel Index dips on GST impact
Q2 is the first quarter post-GST. And much like other sectors, apparel brands and retailers too were busy putting GST processes in place and sales suffered a big blow. July was the first month when the industry emerged after clearing pre-GST inventories.
Uncertainty over cotton prices in 2017/18
The International Cotton Advisory Committee’s Secretariat has forecast that the A Index in 2017-18 will range between 54 cts/lb and 87 cts/lb with a midpoint of 69 cts/lb. The midpoint would be 13 cts/lb lower than in 2016/17. This follows the large increase of 12 cts/lb from 2015-16 to 2016-17, which suggests that such a drop is not unreasonable.
Improved demand for PE/PP?
PE and PP prices do not track crude prices closely and the global crude oil price fluctuations in Q3/Q4 2016 barely impacted PE and PP prices.
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