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ICIS produces a weekly Ethylbenzene report which contains a spot range for free on board North West Europe prices.
Because most of the aromatics players in the region are integrated, spot business for ethylbenzene is fairly uncommon so the price assessments we do are based on what the feedstocks are doing.
The report takes both the current spot levels for benzene and styrene into account as well as the monthly ethylene contract price and the Dollar to Euro exchange rate and formulates the cost of ethylbenzene production.
So, this way you are able to determine whether the EB route for styrene production is financially viable depending on where prices for ethylene, benzene and styrene are.
The report also offers weekly commentary on those products, production news or any general information about what is driving the market. It is a widely read report by our subscribers who find it useful because it allows them to gauge the economics of the market on a week to week basis.
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Updated to Q1 2016
The European market has seen a healthy spread of styrene over benzene throughout Q1, supporting production margins for ethyl benzene/styrene monomer (EB/SM) units.
January saw numbers for both products move lower alongside the losses on upstream crude oil and energy. However, the downward movement was more pronounced on benzene, which supported EB/SM margins. By February, styrene spot levels started to firm on the back of healthy derivative demand and growing bullishness ahead of the planned turnarounds.
Weak propylene oxide (PO) demand due to the mild winter also meant that PO/SM units were running at lower rates, further squeezing regional availability on styrene. Lower PO/SM production also meant that there was less benzene being consumed, which added some length to the European market.
March saw benzene numbers eventually start to move higher as crude oil recovered, but there was also continued upward movement on styrene, which kept the spread between the two products healthy. Benzene spiked by the end of March amid some short covering, but with less styrene output expected in April, this could weigh down on benzene consumption into Q2.
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