The ICIS Ethylene oxide market is covered in Europe and the US on a weekly basis.
Price assessments cover monthly contract prices in both regions. The news and analysis give an overview of the market, plus upstream and downstream movements, production updates, graphs and feedstock contract price tables. The market intelligence provides you with an important resource to use when making strategic commercial decisions.
Ethylene oxide Overview Transcript
The European ethylene oxide market is mainly contract driven, it typically moves in line with 82% of the ethylene feedstock movement. The main market drivers are both feedstock based, and to a lesser extent supply and demand driven.
The main downstream sectors include downstream applications, surfactants and also seasonal business, which is anti-freeze and also in the summer season, the bottle sector.
The overall pricing trend has been increasing and firm, and this has been due to a number of plant maintenances, and robust demand particularly in the downstream surfactants sector.
The future outlook for the market all depends on the trade flow of imports for both Asia and the Middle East. This is for both ethylene and its derivatives and how well this is efficiently managed in Europe.
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Ethylene oxide: Market overview
Updated to Q2 2016
The European April ethylene oxide (EO) contract price increased from March, following the upstream ethylene settlement. The EO industry norm takes 80-85% of the ethylene price movement. ICIS uses an average of 82% in its calculations. Turnaround season is under way, so there is no excess EO going into the second quarter. INEOS Oxide in Lavera, France is expected to restart in the first half of April. INEOS Oxide in Antwerp, Belgium will be down at the end of May.
The majority of the US EO contract price movement comprises 80% of the monthly ethylene price change and an adder. Prices started to reverse upward going into the second quarter on a strengthening ethylene contract. EO supply is expected to stop tightening as Indorama came back on line with its Clear Lake, Texas, plant early in the second quarter. Shell is in turnaround at its Geismar, Louisiana, facility but has built inventory to cover its contract requirements, sources said.
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Ethylene Oxide Methodology
About Ethylene oxide
Ethylene oxide (EO) is the simplest cyclic ether and is a highly reactive, colourless gas due to the strain in its ring structure. It decomposes on heating above 500oC and may polymerise due to heating, under the influence of acids, bases, metal chlorides and metal oxides.
EO is used primarily in the production of monoethylene glycol (MEG) which is used mainly in the production of polyesters and antifreeze.
Other EO derivatives include ethoxylates (used in shampoo), ethanolamines (used in surfactants, personal care products), glycol ethers (used in solvents and fuels), polyethylene glycols (used in toothpaste) and polyalkylene glycols (used in antifoam agents).