Methyl ethyl ketone Prices, markets & analysis
ICIS has a network of locally based reporters providing coverage of regional Methyl ethyl ketone markets. They provide not just pricing information, but an in-depth understanding of the factors driving prices and market fluctuations.
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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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Methyl ethyl ketone (MEK) spot prices rose from $1,360-1,370/tonne CFR (cost & freight) NE (northeast) Asia in early January to $1,400-$1,430/tonne CFR NE Asia in end-March. In southeast Asia, prices rose from $1,360-1,385/tonne CFR SE (southeast) Asia in early January to $1,440-1,470 CFR SE Asia in end-March.
Prices have been firm on the back of tight supply since the last quarter of 2013. Two major Japanese producers have been reducing their production levels due to the shortage of the raw material, butylene (C4). The earthquake at Kyushu in mid-March resulted in one of the Japanese producers shutting down its plant.
Furthermore, a major Chinese producer shut its plant for maintenance in the second half of March.
Buyers have displayed resistance to sellers’ price hike efforts, with many either purchasing on a need-to basis and turning to the cheaper alternative, ethyl acetate (etac).
Updated to Q1 2014
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