Methyl tertiary butyl ether Prices, markets & analysis
ICIS is a leading independent authority on Asia’s methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE) markets, with an established local network in the region.
Our extensive market coverage includes daily pricing information, as well as local insights into the price drivers in Asian MTBE, to help you negotiate with confidence in these fast-growing markets.
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ICIS publishes a weekly methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE) report in Asia which provides key information that offers crucial price transparency. Free on board (FOB) Singapore and cost and freight (CFR) Singapore and China weekly price assessments are provided with updates on bids, offers and deals found in our price alerts.
ICIS is always ahead of the curve on price discovery, production and policy issues. It is important for us to break news on China’s raising or cutting pump prices because that has a bearing on MTBE prices in the world.
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Chinese demand during the third quarter was weak and this led sellers to seek netbacks in Singapore and southeast Asia, which resulted in an excess of cargoes in that region for the August to early September period.
Spot daily prices fell to a 10-month low on 1 August and they were at $1,007-1,009/tonne on an FOB (free on board) Singapore basis, on the back of poor demand from blenders. This is because blenders expected that gasoline demand will fall in August and were trying to avoid stocking up on MTBE inventories. Subsequently, prices fell further on 4 August to below $1,000/tonne FOB Singapore because of increased supply.
However, prices then rebounded, supported by a sudden issue at a southeast Asia plant. The demand for gasoline in September within southeast Asia, Pakistan and India also rose and this further increased the incentive for blending, strengthening blenders’ demand for MTBE.
Despite the narrower price gap between the different RON gasoline types, blenders said that naphtha prices were still reasonable for them to consider using MTBE to blend higher RON gasoline.
Overall, supply became tighter in September because of the plant issue in southeast Asia and limited spot availability from other producers. This forced some buyers to increase their bids. CFR (cost & freight) Singapore buying indications rose from a $15-17/tonne premium to around a $21-23/tonne premium to FOB Singapore quotes.
Updated to Q3 2014
In Asia’s volatile and rapidly expanding MTBE markets, daily price assessments are essential to help you keep up with fast-paced price fluctuations. The ICIS Asia MTBE daily price report provides buyers, sellers and traders with daily insights, enabling you to benchmark your prices and forecast trends as they develop.
The Asia MTBE daily price report provides the following:
- Daily and weekly spot prices for FOB Singapore, CFR Singapore and CFR China markets
- A look into the Chinese markets – domestic spot market and gasoline inventories
- Expert commentary and data on plant turnaround schedules, supply/demand, and insights into downstream and upstream markets, including crude and gasoline
- Price alerts available on ICIS Dashboard
For industry players participating in Asian markets, ICIS daily price reports are a fundamental tool to navigating these uncertain times profitably.
ICIS collects pricing data on a wide range of chemical, energy and fertilizer products, including Methyl tertiary butyl ether. 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.
ICIS price assessments are based on information gathered from a wide cross-section of the market, comprising consumers, producers, traders and distributors from more than 250 reporters world-wide. Confirmed deals, verified by both buyer and seller, provide the foundation of our price assessments.
Our in-depth market knowledge drives our specialist focus, as we recognise the importance of individual market dynamics and not a one-size-fits-all approach.
Over 25 years of reporting on key chemicals markets, including Methyl tertiary butyl ether, has brought global recognition of our methodology as being unbiased, authoritative and rigorous in preserving our editorial integrity. Our global network of reporters in Houston, London, Singapore, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Mumbai, Perth and Moscow ensures unrivalled coverage of established and emerging markets.