The reliable and trustworthy ICIS Oxo-alcohols report is covered weekly in Asia, China, Europe and the US. All four regions have price assessments gathered by our locally-based reporters that focus on market movements on n-butanol, iso-butanol, 2-ethylhexanol and dioctyl phthalate.
Europe also has a spot quote for diisononyl phthalate (DINP). The commentary gives additional background information on the factors influencing prices, such as demand and supply, import/export data, graphs and feedstock movements. This invaluable tool can be used to support you in making those crucial commercial decisions.
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 2016
Europe: The European oxo-alcohols market is likely to be relatively quiet in the third quarter of the year, with the summer lull kicking in from late July. One producer has a planned three-week maintenance shutdown starting in the last week of July, which could balance out with the slowing demand. Prices in July are likely to be agreed at rollovers to slight increases following the €17.50/tonne hike in the price of feedstock propylene.
Asia: In Asia, oxo-alcohols prices may see a stable-to-soft Q3 after a mixed performance in Q2, compounded by possible weaknesses in upstream crude and naphtha after Brexit, which may in turn weigh on petrochemicals markets in general. Several plant expansions in China, which were expected to take place in Q1, had been postponed to H2 due to overcapacity issues in the domestic Chinese markets, and the increase in supply could exert some price pressure on the spot market.
US: US oxo-alcohols contract prices for the first month of the third quarter started to gain some anticipated traction on proposed gains of 3-4 cents/lb ($66-88/tonne) as producers strived to improve margins. Although some market participants were hoping for better downstream coatings demand through late summer, most sources said near-term demand and pricing would be mostly flat following some demand weakness after the peak-demand spring paint and coatings season.
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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.