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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 2015
US Q3 oxo-alcohols demand, especially n-butanol (NBA), is expected to continue to improve on rising export interest from supply-constrained Europe and other regions. Pricing, however, is likely to be pressured stable to lower in the near term on mostly soft feedstock, especially propylene, amid balanced butyl acetate (butac) supply and demand. Domestic coatings markets are still described as healthier year on year, but not robust.
European oxo-alcohols availability is set to improve in the third quarter with all producers back after a couple of outages. France’s Arkema and INEOS Oxide are expected to lift their force majeures and Poland’s ZAK to complete its turnaround by the end of July.
Balance is set to improve with demand likely to decrease due to the approaching summer lull.
A bearish sentiment loomed in Asia because of the expected start-up of two plants in China and Saudi Arabia. Yantai Wanhua is scheduled to start up its 260,000 tonne/year NBA plant in early August, with Saudi Butanol Company expected to start up its 330,000 tonne/year NBA plant at the end of July. This could have a negative impact on spot prices overall, with expectations that the flow of these cargoes would likely be within the Asia region. Chinese demand could pick up at the end of July before a short holiday period in August, with some producers holding out their offers first and waiting for yuan-denominated prices to stabilise in the meantime.
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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.