The ICIS Refinery Solvents report is published weekly in Europe. The weekly price assessments cover spot prices for hexane, white spirit and naphtha solvents markets in northwest Europe, Rotterdam and the UK.
Our locally-based reporters gather market intelligence and produce unbiased and independent news and reports on regional activity, demand and supply updates, feedstock developments plus graphs and any other key issues affecting prices. The market intelligence within the commentary can include a general overview, upstream and downstream news, demand/supply updates and any other factors influencing prices at the time for hexane, white spirit and naphtha solvents markets.
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Refinery Solvents: Market overview
Hexane market overview
Despite an expected summer slowdown in Europe, Hexane market dynamics have been stable. Prices continue to be directed by upstream naphtha activity. European naphtha markets have been boosted in September 2016 by good gasoline blending and domestic petrochemical demand. Production, however, declined slightly because of refinery maintenance.
Naphtha solvent market overview
Conditions are balanced in the naphtha solvent market, with swings in pricing directed by upstream gasoline movements. In terms of cyclical trends, demand remains good in the first, second and fourth quarters, with a summer holiday slowdown in the third quarter.
White spirit market overview
Demand for white spirit has dwindled in the last couple of years with some players withdrawing from the market due to oversupply and environmental concerns in the decorative paint sector which have led to a shift to using water-based chemical formulas. Prices of white spirit are largely determined by jet kerosene feedstock costs. Jet kerosene demand is strong in summer, but requirements are likely to ease as the holiday season ends.
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Refinery Solvents Methodology
About Refinery Solvents
Hexane is a solvent, mainly used in vegetable oil extraction, low temperature thermometers, calibrations, polymerisation reaction medium, paint diluent and alcohol denaturant. Hexane is a flammable, colourless, volatile liquid and has a faint odour. It is a light solvent that is easily removed from the edible oil and can be recycled. Industrial use of hexane includes the formulation of glues for shoes, leather products, and construction uses such as roofing. The feedstock for Hexane is naphtha. Hexane is used in a number of applications, including vegetable oil extraction, adhesive manufacturing and pharmaceuticals.
About Naphtha Solvent
Naphtha solvent- also known as ‘light’ naphtha also known as C9. Used mainly as an industrial solvent. The feedstock for naphtha solvent is gasoline.
About White Spirit
The white spirit market has grown smaller over recent years, generally being replaced by D40 (denatured white spirit) which is more environmentally friendly. The feedstock for white spirit is jet kerosene. Downstream industries include ink industry, decorative gloss paints, alkyd resin production and industrial cleaning.