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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 2014
In Europe, the flexible polyols market is likely to remain balanced to tight until end-2014, because of a cracker and derivative propylene oxide (PO) plant disruption at the Moerdijk site in the Netherlands. The seasonal pull on PO to the downstream mono propylene glycol (MPG) markets into end sectors such as de-icer and anti-freeze is also likely to further limit overall PO availability. This could tighten the polyols market further, according to one seller in central Europe.
In the US, proposed price increases for US polyether polyols remain under discussion. Different price increases were announced from 1 October at 6 cents/lb, 7 cents/lb, or 8 cents/lb, depending on the producer. The increments were supported by the 5 cent/lb hike for the upstream propylene contract for August and production issues for upstream PO.
In Asia, the polyether polyols market is expected to remain sensitive to the feedstock PO price movements amid margin concerns, market participants said. The market may see reduced availability, with a couple of producers facing upstream plant turnarounds during the fourth quarter. There is also possibility of some plants continuing to run at reduced rates, depending on PO supply and polyols margins, the participants added.
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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.