Fibre intermediates

Fibre intermediates Prices, markets & analysis

Whichever regional Fibre intermediates markets you work in, ICIS offers the thorough pricing information you need to operate with confidence.

Our insights into regional Fibre intermediates markets are provided by our network of reporters based locally in those markets.

This enables us to provide in-depth price assessments and market coverage that are reliable and up-to-date on the very latest developments.

What's happening in the Fibre intermediates market?

Our editor gives their expert view

View transcript
Close X

Fibre Intermediates Overview

 

ICIS coverage of fibre intermediates refers to purified terephthalic acid, PTA, and monoethylene glycol, MEG. Both are key intermediates in the production of polyester.

 

Demand for both intermediates is expected to be maintained at high growth rates of 6% to 7% in the coming years.

 

Due to large PTA expansions in China, supply is expected to exceed demand in the near future and PTA margins are expected to be squeezed.

 

Tight feedstock paraxylene supply could however limit PTA operating rates.

 

Supply of MEG is expected to remain tight in the medium term, because very few naphtha-based MEG projects have been announced. Existing capacities of MEG are expected to run at very high rates increasing the underlying volatility and speculation in this market.

 

Substantial increase of future supply may depend on whether coal to MEG technology can be successfully industrialised.

 

Downstream consumption from the polyester section is also expanding but is likely to lag behind the growth in available supply. Consumption of polyester could also be curbed by slower overall economic growth around the world in the coming two to three years.

How can we help
Market overview
News & analysis
Services
Methodology
About

Fibre intermediates news and market information products from ICIS

We offer the following regional Fibre intermediates analysis and news coverage to keep you informed of factors and developments affecting prices in the Fibre intermediates marketplace.

  • Price reporting

    Price Reporting – More information about the price reports we publish on Fibre intermediates

    Independent price assessments and market coverage by region

  • Price history

    Price History – More information about the historical price data we publish on Fibre intermediates

    Track historical price data

  • News & analysis

    News & Analysis - News & market analysis specifically relating to Fibre intermediates

    Breaking news of latest developments affecting the markets.

    Insight and analysis of factors driving prices.

Relationship chart

  • Upstream of Fibre intermediates
  • Fibre intermediates

  • Downstream of Fibre intermediates