The ICIS Ethylbenzene reports are covered weekly in Europe and the US. Both regions focus on the spot price assessments on an FOB NWE and FOB USG basis.
The locally based reporters publish news and market analysis on upstream price movements, demand, supply, production updates and graphs. There are also feedstock contract price quotes within both reports. Our independent information gives you the necessary insight to make informed and confident commercial decisions.
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Ethylbenzene Overview Transcript
Ethylbenzne is a product that is made typically by catalytic alkylisation of benzene with ethylene it’s a product used in the production of styrene monomer.
However, in North America it is mostly a captive market leaving very little for the merchant market. And of course, the key drivers of this market come from its two major feedstocks: ethylene and benzene.
ICIS has a spot price for US Gulf ethylbenzene, which is calculated using an industry-based formula, and market information that we gather from market sources.
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Ethylbenzene: Market overview
Updated to Q4 2016
In the US, ethylbenzene prices were expected to move lower during Q4 with the market expecting steady to softer prices for upstream benzene and a seasonal easing of demand for downstream styrene for the winter. However, an unplanned outage at a styrene facility early in Q4 may tighten supply and keep prices supported for the short term.
The European ethylbenzene market is expected to see the benzene/styrene spread improve as the fourth quarter unfolds. Benzene prices are likely to hold steady around current levels, as output remains healthy and the lower spread over naphtha will keep prices from dropping. Styrene spot levels are gradually pushing higher as some of the region length gets cleared out.
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Ethyl Benzene Methodology
Ethylbenzene (EB) is a colourless liquid, with a pungent aromatic odour. It is practically insoluble in water but soluble in ethyl alcohol, ether and benzene.
Nearly all EB output is used in the production of styrene monomer, which is then used in many homopolymer, copolymer and terpolymer applications. These applications cover a wide scope of industrial, consumer and medical products.
Ethylbenzene is also used in the production of synthetic rubber, as a component of automotive and aviation fuels and in the manufacture of cellulose acetate. It is utilised as a solvent or diluent for alkyd surface coatings, and as a chemical intermediate for diethylbenzene and acetophenone, ethyl anthraquinone, EB sulphonic acids, and alpha-methylbenzyl alcohol.