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The ICIS China ethylene monthly report provides information on the prices, and supply-demand balance for this important chemical in China The report includes cost and freight (CFR) ethylene price assessments for southeast and northeast Asia, as well as free on board (FOB) prices from South Korea and southeast Asia.
Upstream markets from crude to naphtha and downstream markets: polyethylene, styrene monomer, monoethylene glycol (MEG) and polyvinyl chloride (PVC) are also included in the coverage. This helps to provide a complete picture of the ethylene value chain.
Production is tracked in Asia with a particular focus on China. This information, combined with access to import and export details, and operating rates of derivative plants in China, provides important insights into the supply-demand balance.
Subscribers value the report because it gives a clear overview across the market in China, and helps them to make business decisions.
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Asian ethylene prices were at $1,450-1,490/tonne CFR (cost & freight) northeast (NE) Asia at the end of June, compared with $1,430-1,445/tonne CFR NE Asia three months earlier. The market was bolstered by tight regional supply, increased spot demand and strong feedstock naphtha costs.
Prices were relatively stable in the low-to-mid $1,400s/tonne CFR NE Asia during April to the first half of June, as limited supply caused by cracker turnarounds in Japan was offset by the generally weak performance of the downstream markets.
However, restocking activity in China and tightening supply in Taiwan on the back of limited spot volumes from northeast Asian producers led prices to increase to up to $1,490/tonne CFR NE Asia at the end of June.
Chinese spot demand for second-half July and early-August arrival cargoes was driven by reduced domestic production amid insufficient feedstock naphtha and cracker turnarounds. In Taiwan, some buyers are expected to seek import cargoes in August and September to make up for the lower supply from domestic producer Formosa Petrochemical Corp (FPCC), which is shutting its 1.2m tonne/year cracker from mid-August. The possible permanent closure of Taiwan’s CPC Corp’s 500,000 tonne/year No 5 cracker in July added to the supply uncertainty.
Updated to Q2 2014
The Ethylene report is published monthly and covers operating information from Asia and China.
The report includes the latest transactions and production news. It quotes the cost & freight prices in southeast and northeast Asia, as well as the free on board prices from South Korea and southeast Asia. Information about ethylene imports and exports is also included. The report provides a full view of upstream markets, from crude oil to naphtha, and downstream markets, from PE to styrene monomer (SM).
The Ethylene report is essential reading, helping customers to make important buying and selling decisions.
ICIS collects pricing data on a wide range of chemical, energy and fertilizer products, including Ethylene. Our extensive experience in price reporting means we can offer you access to historical data dating back more than 20 years for certain commodities.
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ICIS pricing plant performance data (PPD) reports track activities at ethylene plants and crude oil refineries globally. These monthly reports* record total or nameplate capacity, operating rates as well as shutdowns and other developments at individual production facilities. The reports are available in a paper wallchart format or are downloadable from the ICIS pricing website as a CSV or excel file.
Data for the report month is collected at the end of the previous month. Therefore information published is an estimate of plant activity in the report month. This may vary from actual operations at the facility due to subsequent unscheduled shutdowns or alterations in production plans. Information is collected through direct contact with the plant operator. If that is not possible data is sourced from third parties with detailed industry knowledge.
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