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Polyols Europe Transcript
The European Polyols report, the official range is a monthly one, it’s on a free delivered North West European basis. It covered both the slab stock conventional flexible Polyol and also the sucrose based rigid Polyol.
The ICIS report covers a unique insight into the latter, which is a fragmented and small market which is not very liquid.
The main downstream sectors are covered, the automotive and construction sector and also the bedding and furniture sectors.
The ICIS report provides valuable interest for both buyers and sellers alike. It also includes pricing and market information on flexible Polyols in the Middle East and Africa region.
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Updated to Q2 2014
European polyol contract prices have been largely steady during the second quarter, despite the higher propylene contract price. Sellers lamented eroded polyol margins and tried to raise prices, but buyers resisted, stating that demand, particularly in the main downstream bedding and furniture sectors, was not strong enough to support this.
In April, slabstock conventional flexible polyol contract prices were assessed at €1,760-1,830/tonne FD (free delivered) NWE (northwest Europe), but edged down slightly in June. Sucrose base rigid polyols were quoted in April at €1,980-2,050/tonne FD NWE, but slipped slightly in June. Polyol price settlements for June were mixed between rollovers and modest price reduction, but in terms of absolute numbers, prices were quoted lower.
Polyols contract business for June had largely been concluded prior to news of the explosion at BASF's and Shell's upstream joint venture SM (styrene monomer)/PO (propylene oxide) (MSPO-2) plant in Moerdijk, the Netherlands, in early June. PO is a main feedstock for polyols.
Supply for polyols has also been sufficient for the most part during the second quarter, although there were some signs that supply was tightening, according to sellers due to the Moerdijk plant incident.
However, buyers generally said they had not experienced any supply problems, stating that any limitations for certain players was covered by others and downstream bedding and furniture demand was muted.
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