EPCA '11: Europe toluene still a difficult market to gauge

02 October 2011 16:35  [Source: ICIS news]

BERLIN (ICIS)--The European toluene market is difficult to read because of ongoing disparity between buyers and sellers and a lack of active spot business, sources said on Sunday.

Speaking on the sidelines of the 45th annual European Petrochemical Association (EPCA) meeting, one buyer said that there is still a wide range of numbers touted in the market.

While buyers point to weak macroeconomic conditions, sellers continue to highlight ongoing tightness in the Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Antwerp (ARA) region due to a shutdown at a major German plant as well as fewer imports coming in from eastern Europe due to firmer domestic derivative demand.

However, with an initial October contract confirmed at $1,035/tonne (€776/tonne) and talk of others agreed within a range of $1,035-1,040/tonne, the current trend appears to be downward.

“We don’t really see the market as being tight,” the buyer said. “There isn’t enough demand to keep it tight.”

($1 = €0.75)

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By: Truong Mellor
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