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Oxo-alcohol Europe Transcript
The European ICIS Oxo-Acohols report follows isobutanol (IBA), normal butanol (NBA), 2-ethyl-hexanol (2-EH) and plasticizer pricing on a weekly basis.
The report contains two main plasticizers, dioctyl phthalate (DOP) and di-isononyl phthalate (DINP).
As well as a delivered price for distribution within Europe, it includes free on board (FOB) prices for export.
Movement in upstream markets such as crude oil, propylene, phthalic anyhdride (PA) and orthxylene (OX) are important in the oxo’s market. Contract settlements and discussions are always included in the report.
The oxo’s market is a global one and the European report also tracks movements in Asian markets.
European availability is currently very tight, and some sources attribute this as strength in the Chinese market which has soaked up volumes which might otherwise have been available for Europe.
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Updated to Q1 2016
European oxo-alcohols prices were under downward pressure at the begging of the year, but stabilised towards the end of the first quarter.
Prices are largely dependent on the price movements of feedstock propylene. In January oxo-alcohols prices were driven down by the €50/tonne drop in the propylene January contract, and the feedstock fell by a further €60/tonne in February.
In February, oxo-alcohols spot prices fell by more than the formula pro-rata propylene adjustments.
The 2-ethylhexanol (2-EH) market was better balanced in the first quarter than iso-butanol (IBA) and n-butanol (NBA) and therefore was less pressured.
In March, freely negotiated prices rolled over in northwest Europe on the back of a stable propylene contract and an improving balance.
Spot prices were assessed at €630-690/tonne FD (free delivered) NWE (northwest Europe) for n-butanol (NBA), €570-620/tonne FD NWE for iso-butanol (IBA) and €790-850/tonne FD NWE for 2-EH.
In the first quarter, European sellers identified renewed opportunities to export to other regions on the back of a cheaper and much more cost effective price of propylene in Europe.
The European ICIS oxo-alcohols report follows isobutanol (IBA), normal butanol (NBA), 2-ethyl-hexanol (2-EH) and plasticizer pricing on a weekly basis.
The report contains two main plasticizers, dioctyl phthalate (DOP) and di-isononyl phthalate (DINP). As well as a delivered price for distribution within Europe, it includes free-on-board (FOB) prices for export.
Movement in upstream markets such as crude oil, propylene, phthalic anyhdride (PA) and orthoxylene (OX) are important in the oxo-alcohol markets.
Contract settlements and discussions are always included in the report.
As the market is a global one, the European report also tracks movement in Asian markets.
European availability is tight, and some sources attribute this as an advantage in the Chinese market, which has soaked up volumes that might otherwise have been available for Europe.
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