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The European DMT report is a weekly report that covers monthly pricing on a free delivered northwest Europe basis.
The prices are taken from a calculation made with upstream paraxylene and quarterly methanol contract prices.
The development of the markets including upstream markets and downstream markets are included in the text within the report.
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Updated to Q1 2016
The first quarter was mixed in terms of free delivered (FD) NWE (northwest Europe) price direction for dimethyl terephthalate (DMT) in Europe. The actual swings in prices were relatively minor, but January was higher than February, which at an average of €675.50/tonne was lower than March’s €681.50/tonne.
DMT is intrinsically linked to price movements on upstream monthly paraxylene (PX) and quarterly methanol.
Despite the European methanol contract price having been revised down for the first quarter by €30/tonne, this correction had not fully bridged the gap with the spot market and, when spot prices continued their downward trend amid oversupply, this gap was first re-established and then widened. The contract price was again corrected downwards for the second quarter, this time more substantially, by €63/tonne.
Meanwhile, PX also began the year with another decrease, supported by further downward movement in both crude and Asian spot PX prices.
There was another drop in February, in line with expectations partly on the back of lower Asian prices.
Come March and the mood had changed. Firming feedstock and spot prices in Asia, as well as somewhat tightening supply due to planned maintenance work in Europe, were among the factors contributing to a slight increase in PX, and therefore, DMT.
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