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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 2015
Europe oxo-alcohols prices continued their downward movement in January and February but picked up in March, in line with the upstream propylene price.
In March, the price of propylene went up by €105/tonne, but oxo-alcohols producers were unable to meet their target of fully passing on that propylene increase (a formula equivalent of about €70-80/tonne), instead securing increases of only around €40-50/tonne on freely negotiated prices.
Spot prices were assessed in March at €880-950/tonne FD (free delivered) NWE (northwest Europe) for n-butanol (NBA), €840-900/tonne FD NWE for isobutanol (IBA) and €1,100-1,160/tonne FD NWE for 2-ethylhexanol (2-EH).
In late February, Romanian producer Oltchim opted to temporarily shut down its oxo-alcohols plant, which took away some pressure from the market, particularly on 2-EH, which has been described by some market players as long.
Demand has risen, particularly on NBA and IBA, because of the seasonal pick-up in the coatings industry. 2-EH is less seasonal given its end-use applications in markets such as fuel and lubricants.
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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