Ethylene glycol Prices, markets & analysis
ICIS provides independent and unbiased pricing information, news and market analysis for the global Ethylene glycol market. Our network of price reporters, based in Asia, Europe and the US, deliver local insight for each of these markets, which is published in our individual weekly and daily price reports.
If you buy or sell Ethylene glycol or related products, our reports, news and market intelligence will give you the prices and analysis of the factors driving the prices that you need to make confident commercial decisions.
Monoethylene Glycol and diethylene glycol overview Transcript
Monoethylene Glcyol (MEG) is one of the major derivatives of ethylene. MEG is main use in the manufacture of polyester fibre, resin and film. MEG is also important in the production of anti-freezes and solvents.
As a key intermediate in polyester production, after purified terephthalic acid (PTA), MEG spot prices track, closely, the trend in the PTA market.
Traders play a key role in the volatile market as well as some end-users who double-up as speculative traders. Their sentiment follows, PTA prices, crude futures prices, feedstock ethylene values and the macroeconomic environment. China is the most important import market in Asia, with strong growth of the polyester industry.
Diethylene glycol (DEG) is a widely used by-product of MEG. Over half of DEG consumption in Asia is for unsaturated polyester resins or UPR, the other half for polyester polyols and functional solutions. DEG is a highly volatile market mainly traded on a spot basis with the exception of a Saudi Arabian major.
Sentiment rather than market fundamentals drives DEG prices in Asia.
How we can help
Ethylene glycol news and market information products from ICIS
We offer the following regional Ethylene glycol analysis and news coverage to keep you informed of factors and developments affecting prices in the Ethylene glycol marketplace.
Price Reporting – More information about the price reports we publish on Ethylene glycol
Independent price assessments and market coverage by region
Price History – More information about the historical price data we publish on Ethylene glycol
Track historical price data
Other types of reports we cover for Ethylene glycol
Use margin reports to assess the profitability of commodities
News & analysis
News & Analysis - News & market analysis specifically relating to Ethylene glycol
Breaking news of latest developments affecting the markets.
Insight and analysis of factors driving prices.
Ethylene glycol: Market overview
The dominant Asian market and the euro/US dollar exchange rates dictate much of what happens in Europe, a net importer of MEG. Most of the market is contracted in Europe, with spot accounting for around 15%. Demand traditionally peaks in the spring and summer with sales into the polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottle sector, and antifreeze blenders usually start stocking up in the summer, too.
Ethylene glycol is used as an intermediate in the production of polyesters and as an automotive antifreeze. Around 55% of world production is used in polyester fibres, 16% in polyethylene terephthalate (PET) resin, 15% in antifreeze, and the balance in other applications such as de-icing fluid and surface coatings.
Global demand for EG has followed a positive trajectory over the last few years. Rising world demand for polyester has precipitated a strong increase in demand for EG.
There is potential price upside for MEG in Asia, but this depends on the downstream polyester industry recovering margins.
Updated to mid-August 2013
News & analysis
Ethylene glycol news & analysis
Regional price assessments, published daily or weekly, enabling you to keep track of trading prices, understand price drivers/fluctuations and set a benchmark for contract price settlements. ICIS offers reports on over 180 commodities across the global petrochemical, energy and fertilizer markets. Information covered in our price reports includes:
- Spot and contract price assessments
- Market commentray on trends and developments
- Transactions reported and confirmed
- Plant and production news
Information is accessed online, via the ICIS dashboard service and is configurable to suit your preferences.
Price forecast services
Produced by the ICIS Consulting team, these reports give a robust rolling 12-month price forecast, trade balances and in-depth analysis into where markets are heading – providing a valuable tool to support your short- to medium-term plans.
Dashboard – Easy access to ICIS pricing data
ICIS pricing intelligence is delivered to you online via the ICIS dashboard. Here you can view your reports and also access other useful services including related news, analysis, historical data and market alerts.
ICIS dashboard also makes it easy for you to create pricing charts, download price history and export data to create tailored analytical models.
ICIS weekly margin reports deliver the detail you need to understand how production costs and prices are affecting margins, enabling you to judge the likely impact on your business and optimise your upstream and downstream business decisions.
24-hour global coverage of breaking news in the petrochemical industry, including updates on production, shutdowns and key transacted deals, keeping you informed of market developments as they happen. The ICIS news service allows you to customise the market alerts delivered to your email inbox, providing the business-critical information you need straightaway.
ICIS Chemical Business magazine
If you want to keep updated on the factors driving price movements in the global chemical markets, ICIS Chemical Business provides a summary of the information you need to support your business decisions. Every week, our global team of experts digests and summarises the key issues and their potential impact on the market – all in one magazine.
Market Studies & Analysis
ICIS publishes global annual studies, as well as dedicated reports on domestic China markets, which will help you navigate the complex petrochemical, oil and gas industries in the medium-to-long term. Our studies and reports provide expert analysis and forecast data on supply, demand, production and capacity for specific markets.
Supply & Demand Data
An expert view of supply and demand comprising four fully-reconciled databases, giving you access to extensive data for more than 100 markets. Information is included on global and regional trade flows, production, capacity and sources of demand in the short-, medium- and long-term. Data can be downloaded, customised and queried to support your planning requirements and your strategic decisions.
Training & Conferences
ICIS provides specialist training courses across the global petrochemicals, base oils and fertilizers industries. Our training team of industry experts can help you increase your knowledge of the industry and gain the insight and know-how needed to operate and trade effectively.
Find out more about ICIS training courses >>
ICIS produces a series of highly informative and timely conferences. Extensive research is carried out to ensure that each programme delivers the information you need and addresses current industry issues. We source speakers who have the appropriate expertise and experience to deliver excellent quality papers.
Find out more about ICIS conferences >>
Working closely with you to understand your strategies, challenges and ambitions, the ICIS consulting team deliver tailored advice and solutions to suit your unique requirements. With many years’ experience of guiding business leadership teams, we show you how market conditions can make a positive or negative impact on your long-term plans.
ICIS expert consultants can provide your organisation with the insight, intelligence and data needed to build and grow your business in China. We can help you to gain a clear view on the short and long-term supply and demand picture in the chemicals, energy, iron and steel, non-ferrous metals and paper and pulp markets in China.
About Ethylene glycol
Ethylene glycol is a colourless, odourless, viscous, hygroscopic sweet-tasting liquid. It is very soluble in water, ethyl alcohol, ethers and markedly reduces the freezing point of water.
Its applications are as an intermediate in the production of polyesters, mainly polyester fibres and polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottle resins, and as an automotive antifreeze.
There are three grades of ethylene glycol; fibre grade, industrial grade and antifreeze grade.
Minor applications include deicing fluids and surface coatings, and as an ingredient in photographic developing solutions, hydraulic brake fluids, some unsaturated polyester resins (UPR), and inks.
Ethylene glycol can also be used to make glycol ethers.