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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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European orthoxylene (OX) prices saw a turning point in the middle of Q2. The first month and a half saw declines, continuing the trend seen in Q1. This was driven by weak demand and poor global pricing. European spot prices reached a low of $1,080/tonne FOB R’dam on 27 May.
In the second part of the quarter Asian OX prices took an upturn driven by higher prices for co-product paraxylene (PX) and feedstock mixed xylenes (MX). In addition supply in Europe was said to be tight due to lower operating rates, from weak demand for co-product PX. Finally a force majeure in mid-June at Versalis’ Sarroch, Sardinia PX/OX plant, further shortened supply. As a result European spot prices rose to $1,185/tonne by 17 June.
Monthly OX contract price negotiations were orderly with a fall of €15/tonne to €925/tonne FD NWE in April, followed by two rollovers in May and June. Factors taken into account were Asian pricing, supply, demand and exchange rates.
Updated to Q2 2014
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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