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Phenol Overview Transcript
The global phenol market is structurally short and will remain so until new capacities starts to come on stream in Asia over the next few years.
Demand for phenol derivatives is set to remain steady in Europe, Asia and the US. This is because demand in downstream markets such as bisphenol A, caprolactam, adipic acid and phenolic resins is likely to remain subdued in the near term.
Global economic uncertainty and slow growth in developed markets will play their parts to aid stability. There is some concern over the supply of cumene, an upstream chemical, which may itself become short, tightening supply.
The other challenges facing the market for phenol are sharp fluctuations in the benzene price which can be hard to pass on to consumers in downstream markets where prices are negotiated rather than set on a formula basis.
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Updated to Q1 2015
Spot phenol prices into China staged a strong rebound in the first quarter of 2015, after plunging to a multi-year low average of $775/tonne CFR (cost & freight) China in late December 2014. Average prices were up nearly 31% since late December to settle at $1,015/tonne CFR China in late March. This was driven by the concurrent rebound in upstream benzene and propylene prices, overlapping phenol plant turnarounds in northeast Asia, alongside the rapid post-Lunar New Year recovery in demand from the downstream sectors. Prices rose despite the start-up of Shanghai Sinopec Mitsui Chemicals (SSMC)’s new phenol plant in December 2014.
The availability of spot phenol cargoes for March shipment to China was constrained by the shutdown of two South Korean phenol plants for scheduled maintenance in March. This boosted South Korean demand for spot phenol imports, further tightening the number of cargoes available to Chinese buyers. Overlapping plant turnarounds in China expected in the second quarter, meant that Chinese importers had to meet the expected supply shortfall by importing cargoes.
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