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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 Q3 2014
The US ethyl benzene (EB) market is expected to follow direction from the feedstock benzene market as usual.
For benzene, market expectations are mixed moving into the third quarter. Some trade sources have said they expect benzene prices to come down from highs seen late in the second quarter, while others expect the market to remain strong in the front month moving forward.
Participants added that the benzene market not may subside again until South Korea looks to send monthly imports of at least 70,000 tonnes a month.
European EB direction in the third quarter will depend on the spread between benzene and styrene, sources said. Benzene will stay relatively firm on balanced availability and limited EU production; the Med will pull on ARA volumes as well. Styrene could get firmer and if demand picks up it could see prices spike on tight supply.
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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.