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ICIS publishes both a daily and a weekly report for paraxylene or PX, in Asia as well as assessments for the cost and freight (CFR) Taiwan and China main port (CMP) price. The report also includes the monthly Asia contract price (ACP) as well as the China domestic delivered quote.
Information in the weekly report includes details of all spot transactions, bids and offers as wells an in-depth discussion of demand-supply fundamentals and any current production problems.
The PX daily and price alert service help subscribers keep on top of all the latest market moves.
ICIS engages with a wide cross-section of market players: producers, traders and consumers in order to eliminate bias and to ensure accurate price assessments that provide useful benchmarks for the industry.
In this way the ICIS CFR Taiwan and China main port quotes as well as the published Asia contract price is used for contract settlement by a growing number of market players.
Together with paraxylene, ICIS provides coverage on the orthoxylene or OX stream. Prices for the free on board (FOB) and CFR northeast Asia markets as well as assessments for the CFR India and southeast Asia are also provided together with prices of isomer grade xylene, paraxylene and phthalic anhydride. This provides our subscribers with a comprehensive view of the upstream, downstream and related products market.
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The spot prices of paraxylene (PX) in Asia were largely stable at the start of the second quarter this year. There was no major settlement for the PX Asian Contract Price (ACP) in April, May and June, due to contrasting market outlooks.
Towards the end of the second quarter, PX prices increased significantly, with the spread between naphtha and PX rising from $220-250/tonne since the beginning of the year to above the $500/tonne mark. The spike was largely attributed to expectations of tighter PX supply in July because of lower operating rates and a delay in the start-up of new capacities.
Meanwhile, a South Korean producer shut one of its PX units because of weak market conditions, further tightening the supply in the region. China’s average operating rate for PX was estimated at around 65% during the quarter. This resulted in dwindling inventories in the country, because there were regular offtakes from end-users as well.
Updated to Q2 2014
In Asia, spot prices for orthoxylene (OX) material started the year on a downward trend with no recovery in sight.
Regional supply was said to be tight as several regional producers had cut back production output on the back of high feedstock isomer-grade xylene costs and poor offtake rates of co-product paraxylene (PX) material from end-users.
There was little buying interest seen from phthalic anhydride (PA) makers who cited negative margins, with feedstock OX prices constantly higher than PA prices.
Furthermore, several end-users casted a bleak outlook for the downstream plasticizer sector as poor global macroeconomics, tightening credit measures and a depreciating Chinese yuan added to the bearish sentiment.
The average spot prices of orthoxylene (OX) in East China were stable from CNY 9,275/tonne from 1 April to 5 May. The price decreased from CNY 9,150/tonne on 6 May to CNY 8,575/tonne on 9 June. Afterwards, the price increased from CNY 8,600/tonne on 10 June to CNY 9,050/tonne on 27 June.
From 1 April to 5 May, the market was stable around CNY 9,275/tonne for the end-users maintained contracts to produce and the inventory of suppliers was not so high, so their prices were stable.
OX market prices have decreased between 5 May and 9 June on weak demand from end-users. Domestic producers decreased their offer three times because of inventory pressure. The price decreased from CNY 9,200/tonne to CNY 8,500/tonne, making domestic confidence weak.
From mid-June, domestic prices increased. During that time, Yangzi Petrochemical’s units ran at a lower rate, about 30-40%, on short raw materials supply. At the same time, some deals from end-users made market prices increase.
Updated to Q2 2014
ICIS publishes both a daily and weekly report for paraxylene (PX) in Asia as well as price assessments for the cost and freight (CFR) Taiwan and China Main Port (CMP) markets.
The report includes the monthly Asia contract price (ACP) as well as the Chinese domestic-delivered quote.
Information in the weekly report also includes details of all spot transactions, bids and offers, as well as an in depth discussion of demand-supply fundamentals and any production problems.
The PX daily and price alert service helps subscribers keep on top of the latest market price movements.
ICIS engages with a wide cross-section of market players, producers, traders and consumers to eliminate bias and ensure accurate price assessments that provide a useful benchmark for the industry.
In this way, the ICIS CFR Taiwan and CMP quote, as well as the published ACP, is used for contract settlement by a growing number of market players.
Prices for the free on board (FOB) or CFR Asia markets, as well as assessments for CFR India and southeast Asia (SE Asia), are provided together with prices for isomer grade xylene, PX and phthalic anhydride (PA).
This provides our subscribers with a comprehensive view of conditions in the upstream, downstream and related products market.
ICIS collects pricing data on a wide range of chemical, energy and fertilizer products, including Paraxylene-Orthoxylene. Our extensive experience in price reporting means we can offer you access to historical data dating back more than 20 years for certain commodities.
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