Polyols Prices, markets & analysis
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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 Q4 2015
Polyether polyols and polyester polyols are in adequate supply in North and South America to satisfy gradually rising demand for flexible and rigid polyurethane (PU) products from the bedding and automotive sectors. In the US, the outlook is for an improving mature PU market as the economy continues to recover steadily after the 2008 recession. Polyether polyols prices for the fourth quarter of 2015 will be declining on downward pressure from falling prices for upstream propylene.
Asian polyether polyols prices are likely to lose further ground in the fourth quarter on the back of weakening propylene prices, as well as an expected decline in feedstock propylene oxide (PO) prices. Stiff competition among key southeast Asia-based producers is also likely to weigh on prices. In China, domestic price declines of flexible slabstock material may be curbed with the impending turnaround at a major southern China-based facility from mid-October to mid-December.
European flexible polyols prices moved down slightly in the third quarter on the back of much larger decreases in prices for propylene. While further price reductions are expected early in the fourth quarter, polyols prices are gaining some support from healthy demand and a relatively balanced market.
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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.