Polyols Prices, markets & analysis
ICIS offers intelligence on the Middle East polyols markets to support your commercial decision making – from trusted pricing information, breaking news and in-depth analysis to longer-term supply and demand forecasts. All of which enable you to evaluate the marketplace from every angle.
ICIS polyols market data is compiled by our local and global team of experts who are directly in touch with key industry players. They apply a strict methodology to ensure the intelligence we publish is sound, fully reconciled and accurate.
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Polyols Middle East Transcript
The ICIS polyether polyols Middle East report was launched in December 2011 to complement and expand the geographical reach of ICIS’s existing polyols coverage.
The weekly report, which publishes on Thursdays, provides unique coverage of conventional polyols prices for flexible and rigid foam on a drum basis.
Price assessments are provided on a CFR Middle East and CFR GCC basis after a rigorous process of information gathering.
A wide cross-section of sources in the Asian, European, Middle Eastern and African markets are contacted including producers, buyers and traders.
The report provides details of price movements, demand and supply trends, market sentiment and a brief survey of macroeconomic influences that may have an effect on price movements.
Information is also provided on polymer polyol grades. Price information and trends for upstream products such as the key feedstock, propylene oxide is also provided as well as insight from the downstream markets.
Being the first of its kind in the market, this report has been well received by its target audience who find it useful to have greater transparency on prices and the factors influencing polyols prices in the Middle East
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Middle East polyether polyols (flexible and rigid foam) prices were largely stable-to-firm and on the uptrend during the September-November period, supported by higher feedstock prices and tight supply in Asia.
Asian and European suppliers have been increasing their offers for flexible and rigid polyols to reflect recent increases in feedstock propylene oxide (PO) prices and production costs. Market appetite for imports to the Middle East remained subdued in September up until mid-October, as buyers had purchased sufficient volumes of material in previous months. The Middle East market was also approaching the Muslim festival of Eid ul-Adha, which started on 15 October and led to an almost muted market for over a week. However demand picked up again by the end of October and sellers continued to quote higher selling ideas in an attempt to pass on their high feedstock PO costs to customers. Foam producers also said the availability of feedstock material remained tight because of continuous plant maintenance works and shutdowns in Asia. Flexible and rigid foam buyers meanwhile have expressed higher buying ideas in order to negotiate cargoes as they were unable to procure material at lower levels. Buyers were aware of the supply tightness and higher feedstock costs. Therefore a number of buyers were heard to be increasing their pricing ideas by $50-100/tonne to maintain downstream production.
Spot flexible foam prices have increased by $200-300/tonne to $2,150-2,300/tonne between mid-August and November. Spot rigid foam prices increased by $100/tonne to $1,850-1,900/tonne in the same period.
Updated to mid-November 2013
Middle East polyols price report – ICIS publishes spot prices for the two most commonly traded grades of polyols in the Middle East markets – conventional flexible slabstocks and base rigid polyols. Polyols are a primary polyurethanes (PU) component.
Prices are assessed in CFR for the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and the East Mediterranean (East Med) regions. Countries covered in the GCC assessments are Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Iran, Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman and Qatar. For East Med, the countries included are Jordan, Syria, Lebanon and Israel.
The report is published on a weekly basis and gives informed commentary on feedstock prices and trade movements, keeping you up to date with the latest trends and developments to support your business transactions today.
Global Supply and Demand (S&D) database – ICIS gives you an expert view of supply, demand, capacity, trade and production ownership data for the regional and global polyols markets. The database service enables you to search, shape and export data, giving you the insight you need to plan ahead with accuracy. Historical data from 1978 and forecast data up to 2030 is available.
ICIS collects pricing data on a wide range of chemical, energy and fertilizer products, including Polyols. Our extensive experience in price reporting means we can offer you access to historical data dating back more than 20 years for certain commodities.
Our time series of pricing data enables you to build and model trends, to get a view of where markets might be heading. The data service includes charting functionality, allowing you to chart and download multiple data series for manipulation in your own internal models. You can also export data to Excel via the ICIS dashboard service.
ICIS price assessments are based on information gathered from a wide cross-section of the market, comprising consumers, producers, traders and distributors from more than 250 reporters world-wide. Confirmed deals, verified by both buyer and seller, provide the foundation of our price assessments.
Our in-depth market knowledge drives our specialist focus, as we recognise the importance of individual market dynamics and not a one-size-fits-all approach.
Over 25 years of reporting on key chemicals markets, including Polyols, has brought global recognition of our methodology as being unbiased, authoritative and rigorous in preserving our editorial integrity. Our global network of reporters in Houston, London, Singapore, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Mumbai, Perth and Moscow ensures unrivalled coverage of established and emerging markets.