Methanol prices, markets & analysis

Methanol markets are covered weekly by ICIS in Asia, China, Europe and the US, and daily in Asia. These trusted and reliable independent reports cover contract and spot markets in Europe and the US, while Asia and China focus on spot activity.

Market news and intelligence is analysed by our reporters in each location and market commentary includes overviews, regional updates, production news, crude oil developments, plant capacities, graphics and shipping where applicable. These reports are a valuable tool to allow you to keep up-to-date and abreast of factors driving prices and ensure you are fully informed while making commercial choices.

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Methanol is an important natural-gas-derived chemical feedstock, traditionally used in the production of materials such as acetic acid and formaldyhide. It is also becoming ncreasingly important in the fuels market where it is used to produce DME and MTBE and also as a direct gasoline blending agent.


Prices change on a daily basis, which mean up to the minute and timely pricing intelligence is extremely important for all market players.


The majority of material is traded by a quarterly contract, but the spot market is extremely important as well and that’s where the real daily price changes happen.


Methanol is a global product and the European market is influenced by the US but also and more importantly the Asian and Chinese markets. The Chinese market has emerged to become the global driver of prices and its demand is increasing at extremely high rates.

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

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

    Independent price assessments and market coverage by region

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    News & Analysis - News & market analysis specifically relating to Methanol

    Breaking news of latest developments affecting the markets.

    Insight and analysis of factors driving prices.