The ICIS Polyols reports are published weekly in Asia, the Middle East, Europe and the US. This independent and unbiased pricing information covers a variety of grades including slabstock, high resilience, conventional and foam depending on the region.
Our locally-based network of reporters provide details of the factors affecting price movements. Commentary includes overviews, economic news, graphs, feedstock updates, demand and supply issues. This market intelligence will give you the confidence to make informed business decisions.
Polyols Overview Transcript
The European polyols market is mainly contract based and it’s largely driven by supply-demand fundamentals and to a lesser extent feedstock movements.
It’s important pricing tool is ICIS pricing and that’s used in a variety of formula contracts for a number of players.
The main downstream sectors include construction, automotive, and also bedding and furniture outlets.
The overall pricing trend has been increasing to firm, and this is due to stable feedstock values, and also a number of upstream and PO plant outages and polyol plant outages as well and robust demand in Europe.
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Polyols: Market overview
Updated to Q3 2016
US polyether polyols prices were stable at the end of June, amid upward pressure on prices from producers’ hike proposals for July. Polyether polyols consumers questioned the likelihood of success of the initiatives, as demand from downstream flexible foam applications, although healthy, was not stellar.
The Europe polyols market is expected to quieten over the coming summer months as many players go on holiday. As a result, prices are expected remain largely steady.
Asian polyols prices are likely to weaken in Q3 amid especially tepid downstream demand in China this year. The start-up of Wanhua Chemical’s new 200,000 tonne/year polyols plant in Yantai, China, in the first half of July is expected to aggravate the long supply situation even further. However, the extent of the declines may be curbed, as polyols prices will continue to closely track China domestic feedstock propylene oxide (PO) prices due to polyols producers’ squeezed margins.
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Polyols are one of the components used to make polyurethanes, the other being an isocyanate. There are two main types of polyols: polyether polyols and polyester polyols.
Polyether polyols are the most widely used with the main applications being rigid and flexible polyurethane foams. Rigid foams are used mainly in insulation, refrigeration, packaging and construction while flexible foams have applications such as upholstery, mattresses and seats. Polyols can also be used in elastomers, adhesives, coatings and fibres.
Polyester polyols compete with polyether polyols but may be preferred in some rigid foam applications because of their low cost and improved flame retardant properties. They can also provide improved wear resistance, heat aging and chemical resistance in elastomers, coatings, sealants and adhesives.