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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
Squeezed margins will continue to plague northeast Asian oxo-alcohols producers on the back of poor demand from China, although the cost pressure from feedstock propylene prices will ease. Most sellers will be looking towards other markets such as southeast Asia, Europe and the US to achieve better netbacks. Chinese producers could continue to export in the second quarter, depending on the volatility of domestic prices and local inventory levels and demand.
European demand was unseasonably low at the beginning of April, particularly from the downstream plasticizers sector and the oxo-alcohols markets remained well supplied. While feedstock propylene is usually the key determinant of oxo-alcohols prices, they are likely to remain under pressure from Russian imports, limited export opportunities and lacklustre domestic demand.
The US market is balanced going into the second quarter and producers have been able to maintain the price increases gained earlier in the year. Several US producers have turnarounds planned for the second quarter. Market participants have said that the scheduled turnarounds will probably keep prices from eroding, as there is unlikely to be excess supply available.
Updated to mid-April 2014
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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.