Europe MIBK hits record high on shortage of feedstock acetone

06 May 2011 23:59  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--European methyl isobutyl ketone (MIBK) prices have reached a record high, increasing by €150200/tonne ($217290/tonne) in the last week because of low availability, sources said on Friday.

MIBK is trading at €1,9502,400/tonne FD (free delivered) NWE (northwest Europe)

Players said that sourcing material is now more important than price, and most producers and distributors are sold out of material.

ICIS began compiling pricing records for MIBK on 17 November 1999. The previous record high was €2,000/tonne FD NWE, which was first seen between 12 September and 10 October 2008. Prices hit €2,000/tonne again on 22 April 2011.

Low availability of MIBK is the result of difficulties in sourcing the feedstock acetone.

Sources have speculated that there are production problems at a major European supplier, but this could not be confirmed.

It is unclear how long the MIBK market will remain tight, but availability will remain low until the supply of acetone improves.

Prices at the top end of the range are representative of the distribution market. Producers are offering material at €1,9502,050/tonne FD NWE.

($1 = €0.69)

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By: Mark Victory
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