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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 Q2 2016
The ethyl benzene (EB) value in Europe remained healthy for EB/SM (styrene monomer) production economics throughout the second quarter of 2016. Benzene prices held relatively firm from April onwards on the back of balanced regional availability driven by healthy derivative consumption.
However, European styrene spot numbers were buoyed by balanced to tight regional availability throughout the second quarter of 2016. Higher prices in Asia diverted US exports away from Europe. There was limited upward momentum on pricing sparked by the various planned European turnarounds from late April and throughout May.
A delayed restart saw styrene numbers spike by the end of May and into early June, but the market saw a subsequent drop over the course of June. Prices now appear to have stabilised around the $1,000/tonne level, with Asian numbers providing a floor for the European market.
With benzene prices in Europe hovering in the mid $600s/tonne, supported by crude oil and positive fundamentals, EB/SM margins look set to remain healthy into July.
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