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.
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Ethylene glycol: Market overview
Asia’s monethylene glycol (MEG) spot prices are expected to be volatile and increase in the second quarter, sources said. Demand from the downstream polyester sector should strengthen gradually in April after signs of recovery in late March. However, the seasonal lull usually starts in May. Amid more scheduled plant turnarounds, reduction of operating rates of MEG plants and a weaker macroeconomic environment, the extent of price increases might be limited.
MEG in Europe is expected to be balanced-to-tight. There are glycol and upstream ethylene oxide (EO) plant shutdowns scheduled for the second, third and fourth quarters that will curtail availability. Fresh polyethylene terephthalate (PET) output pulling on MEG supplies will partly depend on how new plants run and whether existing or old PET capacities reduce output or shut down as a consequence.
US contract prices are decreasing going into the second quarter following recent weakening in Asia prices and softer demand. With Asian prices firming again, however, US prices could rebound later in the second quarter.
Updated to mid-April 2014
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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.