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Oxo-alcohols are products that are derived from olefins, primarily propylene. Products like butanol (NBA) and iso-butanol (IBA) and 2-ethyl hexanol (2EH) are used as solvents and plasticisers.
They are pre-cursors of products that are used in the paints and coating industries as well as the manufacture of flexible polyvinyl chloride (PVC).
Key drivers for the oxo-alcohols market are construction industry, whether it be home construction or commercial construction industry, appliance industry and the automotive products industry; industry categories that need permeable coating material.
The market currently is recovering form recession and people are anticipating that the market for oxo-alcohols will continue to grow for the next several years as various industries continue to recover from the downturn.
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Oxo-alcohols: Market overview
Updated to Q4 2014
In Europe, the availability of oxo-alcohols is likely to remain good in the fourth quarter, as it has been all year. Producers will likely try to improve their margins, which have been eroded by rising feedstock propylene costs. The fourth quarter usually sees a recovery in offtake after the third quarter, when demand weakens owing to the holiday season in Europe.
In the US market, the availability of oxo-alcohols is expected to improve in the fourth quarter as a force majeure at a major producer of n-butanol and isobutanol has been lifted. Producers are eager to maintain recent price increases to protect their margins, particularly as propylene costs are expected to rise. Oxo-alcohol demand may, however, soften at the end of the fourth quarter because of slow market activity during the holiday season.
Spot prices of oxo-alcohols in Asia are expected to track the downstream performance and demand from derivative sectors, especially the plasticizer and butyl acrylate (butyl-A). Most market participants do not expect producers to lower their offers in tandem with the previously softer propylene prices. While demand from downstream markets typically peaks in October, the oversupply in China may cap overall price increases for oxo-alcohols. There are still idle capacities in China that could be restarted if buyers start showing interest in cargoes, market participants said.
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Oxo Alcohols Methodology
The oxo-alcohols chain consists of n-butanol (NBA), isobutanol (IBA), and 2-ethylhexanol (2-EH). Around 50% of 2-EH is used to make plasticisers, mainly dioctyl phthalate (DOP).
DOP is a plasticiser, which is material used for plastic, typically polyvinyl chloride (PVC) to enhance its flexibility and malleability. Di-isononyl phthalate (DINP) is also a plasticiser.
NBA is a feedstock for butyl acrylate and methacrylate, butanol-based glycol ethers, butyl acetate (butac), and some plasticisers. IBA is used as a solvent for nitrocellulose, in hydraulic fluids, and as a resin modifier.
Key drivers for oxo-alcohols are the construction industry (home and commercial), the appliance industry, the automotive industry and industries that need imperial coating material.
In addition, the alcohols NBA, IBA, and 2-EH have some uses just as solvents.
Health risks include irritation to the eyes, skin and respiratory tracks when inhaled.
In Europe DOP has been re-labelled to a higher-risk category, featuring the skull and crossbones on packaging and machinery where it is used. DINP remains in the category below but is under investigation.