Acetic acid Prices, markets & analysis
ICIS price reporting for regional Acetic acid markets is unparalleled in its ability to keep you on top of the information you need.
Our network of price reporters delivers direct and regular insights into the local markets they work in.
That means you can track fluctuations and developments as they happen and gain a clear understanding of the factors driving prices.
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Acetic acid Asia Transcript
ICIS covers acetic acid spot price assessments for northeast Asia (NE Asia), southeast Asia (SE Asia), south Asia, China on a cost & freight (CFR) basis.
ICIS checks and quotes ex-tank prices for the key east China market in yuan, as well as the free on board (FOB) China price, because of the growing importance of the China export market.
The commentary explains the drivers behind price movements and covers bids, offers and spot transactions.
The status of contract price negotiations is also monitored and discussed.
ICIS keeps a close eye on all scheduled outages and reports on any production problems to ensure that subscribers have the information they need.
Fluctuations in key feedstock methanol can also have a big impact on acetic acid prices.
These factors are all tracked in the report, together with monthly trade statistics and freight rates, making it an important and key reference tool for our customers and the industry.
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The weak market performance in the first quarter ended April forced acetic acid producers in China to cut output to lock in profits. The reduction of supply as a result, together with an upcoming start-up of Celanese’s ethanol project and recovering downstream purified terephthalic acid (PTA) production, contributed to a rise in acetic acid prices during May.
However, buyers in the downstream sectors found it increasingly difficult to pass on the increased cost, and so their buying interests weakened.
Meanwhile, the traditional off season from July to August and stricter supervision on environmental protection resulted in lower demand for acetic acid from the monochloroacetic acid (MCA) and other derivatives sectors. In addition, the money shortage among banks in China also dampened market confidence. Therefore, the domestic prices fell from the second half of June and it was close to the lowest level of the year in mid-July.
In early July, there was a significant increase in feedstock methanol prices. Firmer methanol values prevented the acetic acid domestic prices from a further decline until the last week of the month.
The sharp increase in methanol prices subsequently pushed the acetic acid prices up at the beginning of August. Ex-tank east China prices were assessed at yuan (CNY) 2,750-3,000/tonne in east China in the week ended 9 August.
Updated to mid-August 2013
Chinese acetic acid daily and weekly price reports.
Daily report: We obtain information about the Chinese domestic market for our daily report by communicating with acetic acid producers, end-users, traders and other parties. We provide daily price assessments, specifically for ex-tank east China, ex-tank south China, and delivered north China, to customers that use the acetic acid price assessed by Chemease as a benchmark. Additionally, information on upstream methanol and key derivatives acetic ester, vinyl acetate monomer (VAM) and purified terephthalic acid (PTA) are included in the report.
Weekly report: We cover global and Chinese markets in the weekly report. We report price changes in the US, Europe and Asia and the reasons behind them, as well as information on China’s acetic acid export market on a free on board (FOB) China Main Port (CMP) basis.
Apart from price changes in east, south and north China, we deliver comprehensive analysis about the weekly supply-demand situation, including operating rates of acetic acid plants, feedstock methanol, ethylene and ethanol market changes, and operating rates and price changes in the downstream acetic ester, VAM, PTA, acetic anhydride and monochloroacetic acid (MCAA) sectors. This information can help our customers keep their thumb on the pulse of their business.
ICIS collects pricing data on a wide range of chemical, energy and fertilizer products, including Acetic acid. Our extensive experience in price reporting means we can offer you access to historical data dating back more than 20 years for certain commodities.
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ICIS price assessments are based on information gathered from a wide cross-section of the market, comprising consumers, producers, traders and distributors from more than 250 reporters world-wide. Confirmed deals, verified by both buyer and seller, provide the foundation of our price assessments.
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