Methanol Prices, markets & analysis
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ICIS has 20 years experience in reporting on the methanol markets and we have produced methanol China weekly reports since 2008.
ICIS talks to buyers, sellers and traders to obtain our detailed information. We also take a comprehensive look at the upstream and downstream factors that can influence pricing. Turnarounds or outages that could have an impact on the market are also covered.
We quote our spot import rates to China on a cost and freight (CFR) basis and also provide Chinese domestic price assessments for major regions. The price movements are closely watched by the industry and widely used as key benchmarks for contract negotiations.
It is an important report for our subscribers and it is a very popular and trusted source of information.
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Updated to Q4 2014
Domestic methanol prices were soft from early October to the first half of November. The weak global economy and falling crude oil prices weighed down on the methanol futures market. Resumed supply in southeast Asia and the Middle East and continued declines in import prices dampened the domestic market sentiment. Slow inventory depletion at China’s coastal regions and an expected increase in methanol supply following the production restarts at some plants in northern China restricted spot buying. Limited recovery in downstream demand gave little support to the methanol market. Producers and traders were eager to move cargoes at lower prices to retrieve their funds towards the end of the year. Thus, domestic methanol prices decreased.
By end-October, ex-tank prices in east China and Inner Mongolia had fallen month on month. Methanol prices in Shaanxi were also softer. However, in the second half of November, prices rallied because of sellers’ price hikes on increased methanol futures, speculative demand, inventory build-ups for newly built olefins plants in Shandong and buying from some coal to olefins (CTO) plants in Shaanxi.
In China's import market, prices edged downwards, affected by ample overseas supply and decreased prices. In the second half of November, import prices stabilised on increased methanol futures and the price surge in east China’s coastal regions. The opened arbitrage window between spot products and futures motivated some buyers to make enquiries for cargoes due to arrive before the end of December. Meanwhile, some sellers became less inclined to move cargoes. As a result, import methanol prices inched upwards at the end of November but were still lower than early-October.
ICIS has 20 years experience in reporting on the methanol markets. We have produced methanol China weekly reports since 2008.
ICIS talks to buyers, traders and producers to obtain detailed information. We take a comprehensive look at the upstream and downstream factors that can influence pricing. Turnarounds or outages that could impact the market are also covered.
We quote our spot import rates to China on a cost & freight (CFR) basis and provide Chinese domestic price assessments for major regions. The price movements are closely watched by the industry and widely used as key benchmarks for contract negotiations.
It is an important report for our subscribers and a popular and trusted source of information.
ICIS collects pricing data on a wide range of chemical, energy and fertilizer products, including Methanol. Our extensive experience in price reporting means we can offer you access to historical data dating back more than 20 years for certain commodities.
Our time series of pricing data enables you to build and model trends, to get a view of where markets might be heading. The data service includes charting functionality, allowing you to chart and download multiple data series for manipulation in your own internal models. You can also export data to Excel via the ICIS dashboard service.
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