Methyl ethyl ketone Prices, markets & analysis
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Methyl ethyl ketone Asia Transcript
ICIS publishes a weekly methyl ethyl ketone (MEK) report in Asia. The report carries two cost and freight (CFR) quotes that track import prices of MEK in northeast Asia (NE Asia) and southeast Asia (SE Asia).
South Korea is the main market in NE Asia, while Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand are the key SE Asian markets.
The price assessment is based on bulk shipments ranging from 200 to 500 tonnes in southeast Asia and 500 to 1000 tonnes in South Korea.
Details of bids, offers and transactions are outlined in the commentary after excessive contact with producers, traders and distributors active in the market.
We also track Chinese domestic prices which have a strong bearing on China’s monthly exports. The Chinese are mostly spot sellers and they are quick to cut exports if the domestic market is more lucrative.
Given the importance of supply site information, the latest market intelligence on planned shutdowns is provided.
ICIS has covered the Asian MEK market for over 15 years and our reports are essential to our customers as it provides accurate and trustworthy information which is crucial to make key business decisions.
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Updated to Q4 2014
Methyl ethyl ketone (MEK) spot prices in northeast Asia and southeast Asia largely declined in the fourth quarter. Market activities slowed down in early October following the closure of the China market during their week-long National Day celebrations. Before the market activities could resume momentum, upstream crude, acetone and propylene prices crashed, resulting in the persistent downtrend of the MEK prices.
The China-origin supply tightened as feedstock butane (C4) was channelled towards heating purposes during the winter season from November onwards. As such, producers focused on the domestic market for higher price optimisation.
Despite the tightened import supply, prices continued to plunge due to the encompassing bearish sentiment from the upstream volatiles.
MEK spot prices fell from $1,470-1,500/tonne CFR (cost & freight) northeast (NE) Asia in early October to $1,300-1,350/tonne CFR NE Asia in early December.
In southeast Asia, prices slid from $1,500-1,550/tonne CFR southeast (SE) Asia in early October to $1,300-1,330/tonne CFR SE Asia in early December.
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