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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.
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Updated to Q1 2016
Despite the traditional low demand season in January and increased import arrivals, methanol prices at east China ports edged upwards on the back of a sharp fall in inventories due to strong demand from the olefins sector and buying from other downstream industries in the second half of the month.
Methanol prices in China’s coastal regions rose after the Lunar New Year holiday because of stabilised demand from the methanol-to-olefins (MTO) industry and downstream producers’ restocking activities. Despite a major MTO plant in east China being shut for maintenance in March, methanol prices rose amid a sharp increase in crude oil and methanol futures prices. At the end of March, prices in east China were at Chinese yuan (CNY) CNY1,890-1,980/tonne, up by CNY150-170/tonne from the end of December 2015.
In China's import market, some cargoes were shifted from America to China due to an opened arbitrage window. However, maintenance shutdowns or curtailed operating rates at some Asian methanol plants, coupled with strong demand from the olefins sector in China’s coastal regions, resulted in an uptrend. By the week ended 25 March, import prices were assessed at $224-235/tonne, up by $27-30/tonne from the end of December 2015.
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.
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