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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
Asian spot prices for oxo-alcohols were under downward pressure from June, with market sentiment undermined by weak downstream demand in the key China market. Furthermore, new oxo-alcohols capacities in China are scheduled to start up in late August/early September, which will likely create a well-supplied market against the prevailing weak demand. With the new start-ups in China, the country will be less reliant on imported cargoes in the long term.
Demand for European oxo-alcohols has been lacklustre owing to weak performance in the downstream plasticizers market. However, a series of turnarounds at European plants has helped to keep the n-butanol (NBA) and isobutanol (IBA) markets fairly balanced, while some tightness was seen in the 2-ethylhexanol (2-EH) market.
In the US, traders said that downstream demand for 2-EH continued to be strong and steady in July and that it looked likely to continue through August. Export demand for 2-EH continued to be strong, while trade in NBA and IBA was slightly slower. Domestic demand for 2-EH for coatings, paint and inks is moderate to strong.
Updated to mid-August 2013
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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.