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The ICIS European propylene report is a benchmark report, which means that the prices that we publish are widely referenced in industry contracts.
We cover the contract market, which is a monthly market, and we cover that on a free delivered northwest European basis. This is an industry-agreed price, which means that key producers and key consumers exchange price ideas, and negotiate a new settlement in the last week of every month.
We also cover the spot market both on the chemical grade sector and in the polymer grade sector. We cover prices on an inland basis; on a free delivered (FD) northwest European (NWE) basis; and in the deep-sea market on cost, insurance & freight (CIF) coastal basis.
Market fundamentals such as supply, production issues both planned and unplanned and demand derivatives on the derivative markets downstream are all covered on a weekly basis in the report.
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Updated to Q3 2015
The European propylene market saw a complete reversal of trend in the third quarter – turning from a tight market in the second quarter to one of considerable length.
Both crackers and refineries were running well, buoyed by firm margins and for the crackers, healthy demand for ethylene. Planned cracker maintenance got under way but this was not enough to offset the impact of ongoing imports and reduced demand – non-polymer propylene derivatives had been struggling to compete with cheaper imports from the US in particular.
Unexpected production issues on the derivative side combined with logistical challenges provided by low water levels on the Rhine river, meaning the coastal sector was more distressed than that inland. Europe exported at least two cargoes in September at extremely low netbacks just to evacuate the tonnes.
Contract prices decreased by €20/tonne in July, €80/tonne in August and in September by €110/tonne, to €820/tonne FD (free delivered) NWE (northwest Europe). October contract price discussions were getting under way at the time of writing with another sizeable decrease expected.
The ICIS European propylene report is a benchmark report, which means the prices published are widely referenced in industry contracts. We cover the contract market, which is a monthly market, on a free delivered (FD) northwest Europe (NWE) basis.
This is an industry agreed price, meaning that key producers and key consumers can exchange price ideas and negotiate a new settlement in the last week of every month.
ICIS covers the spot market, both on the chemical grade sector and the polymer grade sector. Additionally, we cover prices on an inland basis, on a free delivered (FD) northwest European (NWE) basis and in the deep-sea market on a cost, insurance & freight (CIF) coastal basis.
Market fundamentals, such as supply-demand developments and production issues, both planned and unplanned, in the derivative markets downstream are all covered on a weekly basis in the report.
ICIS collects pricing data on a wide range of chemical, energy and fertilizer products, including Propylene. Our extensive experience in price reporting means we can offer you access to historical data dating back more than 20 years for certain commodities.
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