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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.
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Asian ethylene prices were largely on an uptrend during the three months to mid-November, supported by tight supply in the region and a pick-up in demand for derivatives. Demand in the derivative sector typically rises during the peak manufacturing season that starts in the third quarter of the year.
Spot prices reached a seven-month high of $1,400-1,420/tonne CFR (cost & freight) NE (northeast) Asia by mid-October, up by $170-200/tonne from mid-August. The sharp gains were bolstered by tight supply on the back of a heavy cracker turnaround season in Japan, South Korea and Taiwan. Major producers such as Formosa Petrochemical Corp (FPCC), CPC Corp, Mitsubishi Chemical Corp (MCC) and Korea Petrochemical Industry Co (KPIC) took their plants off line for scheduled maintenance between September and October.
However, prices appeared to have peaked by late October and early November amid expectations that the tight supply would likely ease when key crackers returned on stream from scheduled maintenance. As a result, buying sentiment weakened and news of fresh spot supply from the Middle East and Taiwan exerted downwards pressure on the market. By mid-November, spot prices were assessed at $1,390-1,405/tonne CFR NE Asia.
Updated to mid-November 2013
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).
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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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