US etac distributor prices up 5 cents/lb on feedstock increases

14 August 2012 21:58  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--US ethyl acetate (etac) distributor prices rose 5 cents/lb ($110/tonne, €89/tonne) in the past week on increasing raw material costs, sources said on Tuesday.

The hike pushed the etac distributor price range up to 81-85 cents/lb in the past week from the previous 76-80 cents/lb, buyers said.

Sources attributed the etac hike to a recent 3 cent/lb ($66/tonne) increase in feedstock acetic acid and an expected jump in the cost of industrial ethanol, also a major raw material, later this month. “It is all feedstock-related,” a supplier said.

The etac increase matched producer nominations for August. Celanese issued a proposal in late July to raise prices on 1 August by 5 cents/lb in North, Central and South America, and Eastman issued a similar raise to take effect on 15 August.

Little spot trading was being done, but sources said that range moved up 1 cent/lb to 71-75 cents/lb from the previous 70-74 cents/lb.

August contract prices did not change, but sources said September contracts likely would move up early next month as a result of this week’s changes. The current etac contract range is 75-79 cents/lb, according to ICIS.

Etac suppliers in the US include Celanese, Eastman and Sasol. Etac is used primarily for inks and coatings and is an ingredient in nail polish.

($1 = €0.81)

By: Lane Kelley
+1 713 525 2653

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