Phenol Prices, markets & analysis
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Phenol Asia Transcript
The ICIS Asian Phenol report provides cost and freight (CFR) China, South East Asia and India assessments which are closely followed by market players. Confirmed deals and buy/sell ideas that support our assessments are provided in full in the report.
We also have coverage of upstream benzene and propylene prices and downstream markets to give our readers an overall sense of the phenol market. We also track the operating status of plants in Asia which shows the supply side of the market.
Understanding the CFR China spot market is complex due to a huge variety of anti-dumping duties that have been levied by the Chinese Government.
In order to provide greater clarity for our subscribers, ICIS provides a normalised CFR China quote based on zero percent anti-dumping duty and 5.5% import duty. This has been welcomed by our subscribers as valuable alternative to the existing benchmark CFR China quote.
Information from producers, traders and buyers of phenol is gathered, analysed and cross checked to ensure it is accurate and can be used as an impartial and accepted reference for business. The ICIS report is the dominant weekly benchmark for the Asian Phenol industry. It is considered an indispensable and a reliable source of information essential for their daily business needs.
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Phenol prices into China, the regional benchmark, largely fluctuated in a narrow band of $1,370.00/tonne CFR China and $1,397.50/tonne CFR China between mid-August and early November. For most of this period, prices were supported by the strength in feedstock benzene and propylene prices, along with the reduced plant run rates maintained by Asian phenol makers in a bid to prevent their margins from being eroded further.
However, phenol prices began to soften from early November, as the Asian market succumbed to the prevailing oversupply and the customary year-end inventory clearance by US and European phenol makers.
The availability of lower-priced imports from the US and Europe, at $1,330-1,360/tonne CFR China, and losses in feedstock benzene prices since late September, along with weak performance in the key downstream bisphenol A (BPA) sector, further pummelled regional buyers’ sentiment and led to a 2% phenol price fall between mid-October and early November to $1,370/tonne CFR China in early November.
Market participants braced themselves for a further capacity expansion in China in 2014, when three new plants with a combined phenol capacity of 800,000 tonnes/year are scheduled to be commissioned.
Updated in mid-November 2013
The ICIS Asian phenol report provides cost & freight (CFR) China, southeast Asia (SE Asia) and India assessments that are closely followed by market players.
Confirmed deals and buy-sell ideas that support our assessments are provided in full in the report.
We have coverage of upstream benzene and propylene prices and downstream markets to give our readers an overall sense of the phenol market.
ICIS also tracks the operating status of plants in Asia, which shows the supply-side of the market.
Understanding the CFR China spot bunker is complex because of a huge variety of anti-dumping duties that have been levied by the Chinese government.
In order to provide greater clarity for our subscribers, ICIS provides a normalised CFR China quote based on the seasonal percent of the anti-dumping duty and a 5.5% import duty. This has been welcomed by our subscribers as a valuable alternative to the existing benchmark CFR China quote.
Information from producers, traders and buyers of phenol is gathered, analysed and cross-checked to ensure it is accurate and can be used as an impartial and accepted reference for business.
The ICIS report is the dominant weekly benchmark for the Asian phenol industry. It is considered an indispensable and reliable source of information essential for daily business needs.
ICIS collects pricing data on a wide range of chemical, energy and fertilizer products, including Phenol. Our extensive experience in price reporting means we can offer you access to historical data dating back more than 20 years for certain commodities.
Our time series of pricing data enables you to build and model trends, to get a view of where markets might be heading. The data service includes charting functionality, allowing you to chart and download multiple data series for manipulation in your own internal models. You can also export data to Excel via the ICIS dashboard service.
ICIS price assessments are based on information gathered from a wide cross-section of the market, comprising consumers, producers, traders and distributors from more than 250 reporters world-wide. Confirmed deals, verified by both buyer and seller, provide the foundation of our price assessments.
Our in-depth market knowledge drives our specialist focus, as we recognise the importance of individual market dynamics and not a one-size-fits-all approach.
Over 25 years of reporting on key chemicals markets, including Phenol, has brought global recognition of our methodology as being unbiased, authoritative and rigorous in preserving our editorial integrity. Our global network of reporters in Houston, London, Singapore, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Mumbai, Perth and Moscow ensures unrivalled coverage of established and emerging markets.