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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 Q3 2014
Prices of oxo-alcohols will continue to track feedstock propylene prices as market participants expect demand to remain largely stable in the third quarter. Demand could weaken slightly in July-August but is unlikely to have a large impact on prices. However, demand for downstream products could weigh on market sentiment if it remains weak after the lull. The start-up of new capacities such as Luxi Chemical and Jiangsu Huachang will result in a large part of the market taking a cautious stance.
European oxo-alcohols producers are likely to continue trying to recover higher feedstock propylene costs over the summer, but downstream demand usually sees a slump at this time of year. Market fundamentals will probably remain weak, with little in the way of export opportunities, and it is likely that Russian material will continue to be offered into the European market.
A number of US producers are seeking to increase prices for oxo-alcohols n-butanol and isobutanol as the third quarter begins, due to supply constraints caused by recent maintenance turnarounds and production problems. Prices and supply for 2-ethylhexanol have been more stable. Market participants have described continuing steady demand for oxo-alcohols.
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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.