The View from Jamestown”
Product News, December 2012

A Special Message

 On a beautiful New England Winter morning in mid December 2012 evil was in Newtown, CT. There were gentle, happy, harmless children and smart, brave and kind adults sacrificed. They were violently thrust into the hands of God. Our thoughts and prayers have been with those sacrificed and their friends and families.

As we enjoy the Christmas Holiday and the New Year we have all been shocked by these tragic deaths. This event has been thought provoking on many, many levels. Such tragic events usually bring a swift political reaction. We can only hope that any new legislation is well thought out, addresses the issues of mental health and guns, and is not just reactive. We need to protect children and the innocent. This is an obligation not an option. Yet we need to do it through debate and insight, we can’t get this wrong.

The Chemical Company has been proactive about the needs of children for decades. TCC supports each and every employee to sponsor a child at an orphanage in El Salvador. Our support helps them to enjoy the basics of food and clothing that unfortunately we in our lives take for granted. We are able to communicate with the children and see the progress that our money provides. We don’t care about the politics of the country because our money goes to the children and ignoring the problem and letting children suffer just isn’t fair. We love helping these children.

So in memory of all these lovely children and dedicated teachers who died a miserable death, let’s move forward from this tragedy. Let’s start to address all the issues relating to children as loving and caring adults. Let’s try our hardest to protect all children. If the government can’t do it, lets try personally. If we all react and do something positive for children because of the thoughts brought on by this tragedy, this loss may have at least one positive result.

The Chemical Company
P.O. Box 436
44 Southwest Ave.
Jamestown, RI 02835
Phone: (401) 360-2800

Quote of the Month:

“There’s only one thing we can be sure of, and that is the love that we have for our children, for our families, for each other. The warmth of a small child’s embrace, that is true.”

– President Obama, speaking in Newtown, Conn.


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NatureFlexx 509

Phthalate Free General Purpose Plasticizer. Available in Totes (2200 lbs.) and Drums.

Vestinol 9 DINP

TCC offers bulk trucks and split loads (eso or dop) DINP to North America.

Tetrabromo Phthalic Anhydride

TCC now offers TBPA in Small Bags (25 Kg.) and Supersacks (2,000 lb.)

Zinc Borate

TCC now offers Zinc Borate in 25 Kg. Bags

Malic Acid

25 Kg. Bags (In Stock and Available Now!)

Adipic Acid

25 Kg., 500 Kg. and 1,000 Kg. Bags (In Stock and Available Now!)


Products In Transit/ Available Soon

Bio- Succinic Acid

2000 lb. supersacks and 25 Kg. Bags (Available Q1 2013)


New/ Updated Technical Information


Stearic Acid

ChemFlexx DOTP

Vestinol 9 DINP


Maleic Anhydride

Tris (Chloroisopropyl)Phosphate (TCPP)


Please contact Robb Roach at

or Tel: (401) 423- 3100 for more information.

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UP  Benzene

U.S. benzene contracts for December settled up $.03/ gallon to US$4.93/ gallon from US$4.90/ gallon in November. Spot prices are in the $5.12- $5.23/ gallon range and trending higher.

 N ButaneUP

Normal Butane prices are trading in the mid low to mid US$1.70’s per gallon. N Butane traded the first week of December in the low to mid $1.80’s/ gallon before sliding back to the current level.


U.S. Contract Price for November settled lower by $.02/ lb. to $.4525/ lb. Current spot is in the low $.50’s due to strong demand.

 Natural Gas

Natural Gas pricing has been moving lower since late November. Pricing eclipsed the $4.00/ mmbtu price point in Mid- November before falling back to the current $3.40’s/ mmbtu.



Current WTI Crude price is at $93+/- per barrel range. Prices have been trading in the high $80’s per barrel since late October but have recently spiked and are trending higher.

UP  Orthoxylene

December contracts settled up $.0175/ lb. to $.655/ lb.

UP Propylene

Contract pricing for December settled at $.58/ lb. for Polymer Grade and $.565/ lb. for Chemical Grade. Up $.01/ lb. from November.



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Adipic Acid

Adipic Acid pricing is flat with good demand and stable supply. Raw material prices are higher (ammonia/ benzene) putting pressure on producer margins. TCC has Adipic Acid in stock and immediately available in 1,000 Kg. Sacks, 500 Kg. Sacks and 25 Kg. bags.

For more information please contact Robb Roach at

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December pricing in Tampa decreased US$35/ ton in Tampa from November ($720/ ton C&F) to US $685/ ton C&F for December. NOLA is seen at $685/ ton fob. Prices in Yuzhnyy (Black Sea) have dropped but are looking to be higher in Q1. Tampa is expected to further decline for January.

For more information please contact Robb Roach at

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 Ammonium Nitrate

Ammonium Nitrate pricing is stable. Seasonal demand will pick up end of Q1. The major feedstock ammonia is stable ($685/ ton) so price movement has not been extreme.

For more information please contact AJ Petrarca

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 Antimony Trioxide

Demand for antimony trioxide remains weak and availability from South America are keeping prices flat. Current offers are in the upper $4.00/ lb. range for full truckloads. Buyers continue to keep inventories to a minimum and use alternate chemistries where possible.

For more information please contact AJ Petrarca

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Prices have stabilized. We are keeping a close eye on energy demand and pricing for Q1 2013. Prices are expected to climb as energy demand picks up through January and February. The Chemical Company has both bags and sacks in stock and immediately available.

For more information please contact AJ Petrarca

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 Epoxidized Soybean Oil

Soybean prices have been steady, check for real time soybean pricing on our commodities ticker. Epoxidized Soybean Oil Supply is healthy keeping prices stable.

For more information please contact Robb Roach at

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Fumaric Acid

Fumaric Acid Pricing has stabilized and availability on both domestic and imported material is good.

For more information please contact AJ Petrarca

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UP Glycol (Mono, Di and Tri)

Ethylene: U.S. Contract Price for November decreased by $.02 /lb. to $.4525/ lb. +

MEG – U.S. producers have announced a 1-2 cts/ lb. increase for January. Spot prices are in the high- $.40’s fob Gulf. Availability is still limited and could get extreme during Q1 with 7 major turnarounds. +

DEG – U.S. producers have announced no price change for January. Spot prices are in the high $.40’s per lb. fob Gulf with improved availability. 7 major turnarounds are planned for Q1 so supply is expected to tighten considerably. \

TEG – U.S. producers announced no pricechange for January after a $.05/ lb. increase for December. Spot pricing is in the $1.10- $1.15/ lb. range and should increase substantially once the turnarounds begin. \ +

For more information please contact Robb Roach at

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UP Isophthalic Acid

PIA pricing has increased slightly in response to strengthening raw material costs. Supply and demand remain stable.

For more information please contact Robb Roach at

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UP Maleic Anhydride

Producers have announced a January increase of $.03- $.04/ lb.. Supply is balanced to long in North America so it is believed that only a portion of the announced increases will stick.

For more information please contact AJ Petrarca

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UP Melamine

Melamine supply has tightened considerably. Price increases of $.05- $.08/ lb. were announce for Q1 2013. Supply and Demand is the most recent driver of pricing.

For more information please contact Javier Fernandez

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Malic Acid

Malic Acid Pricing has stabilized and availability on both domestic and imported material is good. TCC has Malic Acid in stock and available.

For more information please contact AJ Petrarca

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The Methanex Non-Discounted Reference Price for January will remain unchanged at US$1.45/ gallon (Southern decreased by $02/ gallon to $1.46). Spot pricing is currently approx. US$1.21- $1.23/ gal. and trending lower.

For more information please contact Robb Roach at


Northeast terminals are now fully operational.

Gas Curtailment issues in Trinidad continue at an approximate reduction of 20%.

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 Nitric Acid

Nitric Acid pricing is stable and availability is good.

For more information please contact Robb Roach at

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 Phenolic Resins

Phenol pricing has shifted only moderately higher on less demand and despite higher benzene values. Formaldehyde prices have stabilized on better methanol availability and improved supply.

For more information please contact John Santini at


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UP Phthalic Anhydride

Phthalic Anhydride pricing will increase by $.0175/ lb. in January in line with the December orthoxylene price increase. Orthoxylene will likely continue to increase as oil and aromatics pricing tend to increase as build up begins for the Summer driving season.

For more Information please contact Javier Fernandez at

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UP Plasticizers and Plasticizer Alcohols

Plasticizer demand world-wide has been slow but pricing is pressured by the underlying aromatics costs. A price increase for both branched and linear plasticizers has been nominated for Mid- January 2013. Evonik has announced that they will broaden their plasticizer portfolio in the second half of 2013.

Plasticizer alcohol pricing is stable with lack luster demand and healthy supply. There is large capacity expansions completed in Asia and staggering growth slated for the future.

For more information please contact Forest Goodman at

TCC Plasticizers

Note: Some plasticizers may have limited availability. Please contact TCC for further details.

Non (ortho)- Phthalate

ChemFlexx DiOctyl Succinate (DOSX)

“ChemFlexx NP 500” Non- Phthalate Replacement for General Purpose Plasticizers

“ChemFlexx NP 600” Non- Phthalate Replacement for DIDP

ChemFlexx TOTM (TriOctyl Trimellitate)

ChemFlexx DOA (DiOctyl Adipate)

ChemFlexx 8 10 Trimellitate

ChemFlexx DOTP (DiOctyl Terephthalate)

Oxsoft 3G8 (Triethylenglycol-di-(2-ethylhexanoate))

Oxsoft DUO 1

Oxsoft DUO 2



Vestinol 9 DiIsononyl Phthalate (DINP)

ChemFlexx 206” Functional Linear Phthalate Replacement

ChemFlexx 208” Low Temp Functional Linear Phthalate Replacement

ChemFlexx DOP (DiOctyl Phthalate)

ChemFlexx DUP (DiUndecyl Phthalate)

DMP (DiMethyl Phthalate)

Brominated DOP

ChemFlexx 9 11 Phthalate

ChemFlexx L9 Phthalate


Phthalate Free

ChemFlexx Dibenzoate Esters

Epoxidized Soybean Oil

NatureFlexx 509” Phthalate Free General Purpose (ATBC)

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UP Styrene monomer

Styrene pricing increased slightly for December in line with higher benzene values (up $.03/ gallon). NA demand remains slow. 

For more information please contact Robb Roach at


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Current granular barge pricing of Urea is US$417- $420/ ton up from $385- $415 in Mid- December. Prills are at $415- $420/ ton fob Gulf. The firming of pricing is associated with a seasonal uptick in demand. 

For more information please contact Robb Roach at


Most fertilizer combinations are produced well ahead of the Spring demand season.

Massive U.S. acreage is again expected in 2013.

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 Zinc Borate

Pricing has been relatively steady. Product is in stock and immediately available. 

For more information please contact Robb Roach at

For more information on these or any of the products and services provided by TCC please contact Robb Roach directly at or go to our web site at



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