Ethylbenzene Prices, markets & analysis
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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
Ethylbenzene (EB) is produced via the catalytic alkylation of benzene with ethylene for the production of styrene monomer (SM). It is a predominantly captive market, with limited spot or export activity. The key price drivers are its two major feedstocks: ethylene and benzene.
ICIS has a price quote for EB in Europe and US Gulf, which is calculated using an industry-based formula.
While global benzene prices have gradually moved lower since the start of 2013, they remain structurally high amid weak styrenics demand.
The benzene-styrene spread has been consistently wide enough for EB/SM production to remain profitable this year, although the spread is starting to recede as the fourth quarter approaches.
Several cracker shutdowns in Europe later in the year are helping to support higher benzene prices, while slow derivative demand and softening Asian prices are helping to ease the recent global bullishness on styrene.
Updated to mid-August 2013
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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.