Initial Europe November MEG agreed down by €25/tonne

13 November 2012 16:05  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--An inital European monoethylene glycol (MEG) November contract has been agreed down by €25/tonne from October, the producer involved in the settlement said on Tuesday.

The contract was agreed at €1,070/tonne FD (free delivered) NWE (northwest Europe), according to the producer. The buyer involved could not be immediately reached for confirmation.

Sellers had been aiming to roll over October's €1,095/tonne while customers were seeking decreases of €25-50/tonne.

Factors supporting a rollover included higher Asian MEG prices and the onset of winter in Europe, which is already introducing more interest from coolant buyers.

Asia is the dominant market and influences decisions made in Europe, so exchange rates also play a part and these are currently justifying a rollover in Europe, according to a supplier.

Buyers argued that there is sufficient availability, if not more than enough, to meet the lacklustre demand in both the polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and coolant sectors, particularly as customers normally destock at the end of the year.

The reduction in raw material costs, albeit small, should also feature in price discussions, buyers said last week.

Additional reporting by Caroline Murray

($1 = €0.79)

By: Mark Victory
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