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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 Q4 2014
European oxo-alcohols producers were put under pressure to decrease freely negotiated and spot prices in Q4 after the feedstock propylene contract price saw a combined drop of €150/tonne in November and December.
However, in November a few producers managed either to roll over or soften the decreases on some of their monthly contracts. This helped them improve margins after oxo-alcohols prices have been largely stable despite incremental propylene price increases earlier in the year.
In December ICIS estimated plasticizers freely negotiated and spot prices decreased by €30/tonne mostly on cheaper propylene.
Overall, the fourth quarter was relatively quiet with the year-end approaching and with both producers and buyers carefully watching their stocks amid volatile raw material prices. The mild weather, however, kept demand at a healthy level.
There was talk about very aggressive Russian sellers amid the sharply devalued rouble, especially in the Turkish market.
The weak euro versus the dollar on the other hand opened a window for European exports into the US.
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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