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The European propylene oxide (PO) report covers the domestic price its contract business and covers a free delivered (FD) northwest European (NWE) basis.
It also deals with the miscellaneous which is the non-polyol sector, and provides a valuable insight into this generally less tapped-into market.
The report normally covers feedstock, or 80% of the feedstock movement, and that is approximately 95% of the formula-related business.
The remaining 5% of the business is generally free negotiated and moves in line with supply and demand fundamentals.
The main downstream sectors include the starch-based food applications, surfactants, automotive and construction sectors.
The propylene oxide report provides valuable pricing information, production updates and market information for both buyers and sellers alike.
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Propylene oxide (PO) prices have fluctuated between August and November as they are formula-linked to propylene. Availability has been steadily tightening since the summer glut which was caused by low demand for downstream polyols and monopropylene glycol (MPG).
Between August and November, demand for flexible polyols has increased due to seasonal ordering in the bedding and furniture sectors. Demand for MPG, which stagnated until August, saw increased ordering from the de-icing sector which grew steadily in the following three months as the industry replenished its stocks. This was coupled with steadily declining but nevertheless healthy demand from the unsaturated polyester resin (UPR) sector.
Polyols and MPG make up approximately 75-80% of the PO consumption and with the increased demand, producers have said PO supply has been tightening in the October and November although buyers noted they are receiving all the volumes they need.
Updated to mid-November 2013
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