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The largest consumer of acetone is methyl methacrylate (MMA) and acrylic acid, nearly all MMA is polymerised to make homopolymers and copolymers.
The second largest use for acetone is the manufacture of bis-phenol A who’s growth is driven by the polycarbonate sector. Other significant outlets for acetone include solvents use.
Around 90% of acetone production is via the cumene route to make phenol, where 0.62 tonnes of acetone is produced with each tonne of phenol. As phenol demand is growing faster than acetone demand there is a global surplus of acetone in the market.
Acetone is a clear water-white volatile liquid, which is highly flammable. Europe has the capacity to produce approximately 2.5 million tonnes per year of acetone, while global production is set close to 7 million tonnes per year. Global growth is around 5% per year with Asia being the fastest growing region. In Europe, growth is set at around 0-2% per year.
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Updated to Q1 2016
Decreased phenol/acetone plant capacity utilisation across the region, along with a rally in crude oil futures and upstream prices, reversed the CFR China acetone price downtrend and caused it to rally in the first quarter.
Spot prices sank below $400/tonne CFR China in January, dragged down by abundant regional supply.
However, tighter regional supply – stemming from the commencement of a heavy phenol/acetone plant turnaround season in February and the continued absence of deep-sea imports, spurred a rally in spot trades.
Taiwan’s Chang Chun Plastics and Mitsui Phenols Singapore in late February took their plants off line for routine maintenance. South Korean producer Kumho P&B shut down its plant in early March for a turnaround while a further delay to the start-up of Thai producer PTT Phenol’s new plant constrained acetone supply across the region.
The firming trend in upstream propylene prices, the post-Lunar New Year recovery in downstream demand in China, along with domestic Chinese phenol/acetone makers’ successive price hike measures, combined to lift spot trades above $500/tonne CFR China by mid-March. Sturdy Indian demand for spot material during this time contributed to the CFR China acetone price gain.
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Feedstock benzene and propylene are tracked and an overview of key downstream markets is provided.
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