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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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The barge contract for January was settled €35/tonne higher at €1,410/tonne FOB ARA, in line with an increase in raw material costs. Sentiment in the spot market was initially bullish owing to stronger numbers seen in Asia, but this soon eased off. While prices in the US were firmer alongside benzene, Asian spot levels began to falter, and European offtake was seasonally sluggish.
February saw a €17/tonne increase for the styrene barge contract, although the upward movement was feedstock driven and slightly curtailed by weak derivative demand. The spot market in Asia continued to soften, which was reflected by lower numbers in Europe. March saw a €57/tonne reduction in the contract price.
After trading comfortably above $1,700/tonne FOB early in the first quarter, spot numbers dipped below $1,550/tonne before showing signs of some recovery throughout March. Many believe that April will be the turning point for European styrene, as domestic demand picks up and the Asian turnaround season gets into full swing. However, the mild winter could see a flattening out of demand over the traditional peak season in Europe.
Updated to Q1 2014
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.
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