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Styrene Europe Transcript
The European styrene report at ICIS is a weekly report. It comes out every week on a Friday and it’s a mixture of spot and contract prices.
The spot, we look at the current month and the forward month. The contract several barge numbers are settled. They’re fairly straightforward between a buyer and a seller.
We also have the customer reference price, and that’s slightly different. It’s more of a round-robin process between several consumers and one large seller.
Now the ICIS report in Europe for styrene is the benchmark, so it’s quite widely used. A lot of people set contracts to the numbers, and it’s widely regarded as a reference.
We speak to a lot, a lot of different sized players, the big sellers all the way down to the smaller consumers. And that’s really the best way to get a comprehensive view of the market and where it is that week.
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Updated to Q1 2015
The year opened with a €290/tonne drop on the January styrene barge contract, with a settlement at €950/tonne FOB (free on board) ARA, with the market moving lower in tandem with feedstock reduction as well as some downward correction owing to the widening discrepancy between the December contract settlement and subsequent spot values. Spot prices saw further downward movement into February, with ample US imports and sluggish derivative demand keeping the market subdued.
The barge contract for February saw another reduction of €55/tonne, settling at €895/tonne FOB ARA, but this was followed by steady upward movement in the spot market as downstream demand picked up. With the Asian market pulling US export volumes, this also supported higher European pricing.
By the end of the month, prompt physical tightness saw the March barge contract settle at an increase of €175/tonne, with the monthly number at €1,070/tonne FOB ARA. Spot prices continued to soar throughout March amid limited trade and several plant turnarounds in Europe keeping availability restricted. A further substantial increase is expected for the April contract settlement, although many styrenics players are concerned about the impact this will have on demand throughout the chain.
The ICIS weekly European styrene report comes out every Friday and it is a mixture of spot and contract prices.
With spot, our reporters look at the present month and the forward month, and for contract there are several barge numbers that are settled and are fairly straightforward between a buyer and a seller.
The ICIS report in Europe for styrene is widely used as the benchmark reference.
ICIS speaks to small to medium-sized businesses, from the big sellers all the way down to the smaller consumers. We regard this as the best way of getting a comprehensive view of the market.
If you require a daily styrene price we also produce a daily Aromatics report for Europe which provides you with in-depth pricing information, news and analysis, including a view of the latest styrene prices to keep you informed of the factors and developments affecting the European marketplace on a day-to-day basis.
ICIS collects pricing data on a wide range of chemical, energy and fertilizer products, including Styrene. 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.
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