Terephthalic acid Prices, markets & analysis
For clear insight into regional Terephthalic acid markets, you need in-depth price reports direct from those regions.
That’s why ICIS maintains a network of locally based reporters, providing not just price assessments but market commentary and analysis.
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- Follow fluctuations and understand factors driving them
- Input into your own internal analytical models
- Clarify settlements and contracts
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Terephalic Acid Asia Transcript
ICIS provides daily and weekly coverage of purified terephthalic acid (PTA) in Asia offering real time market intelligence and in-depth market analysis.
Spot price assessments are provided for the key China market, the Indian market as well as information on monthly contract settlements in China and Taiwan.
Commentary includes analysis of the China market and India market together with downstream polyester and production use.
The cost and freight (CFR) China Main Port (CMP) spot quotation is an important benchmark in the industry and since 2010 has been split into two categories following the implementation of anti-dumping duties.
Due to our fast reaction to the market changes and our coverage of price assessments, Asia PTA producers, traders and end users chose to refer to ICIS numbers as their benchmark prices in contract settlements.
ICIS attaches great importance to talking and listening to industry experts on a daily basis. This eliminates bias and ensures a more accurate and independent pricing assessment.
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The spot prices of PTA in the third quarter saw prices fluctuating, largely attributed to volatility in the feedstock PX spot prices. At the start of the month, PTA producers faced squeezed margins due to mounting cost pressure, with the PTA and PX spread standing at around an average of $48/tonne in July. As a result, several PTA makers cut operating rates at their plants, balancing the demand and supply conditions. China saw the average run rates at PTA facilities falling to around 52-55% in September, comparing to July rates at 66%. Sales volumes from PTA suppliers were also restricted, matching demand from the downstream polyester sectors. This saw PX-PTA margins recovering to $102/tonne in August. The third quarter also saw PTA producers’ attempts to switch to a cost-linked price formula for their sales to stem losses. Weak downstream polyester demand in India led to a build up in inventories in the country. Polycondensation units in India were heard operating at around 50-55%, curbing interest for additional PTA spot cargoes.
Updated to Q3 2014
Updated to Q4 2014
Domestic PTA prices fell as global crude oil prices plunged in the fourth quarter of 2014, although major PTA suppliers such as Yisheng, Hengli and Xianglu shut several units to stem the price fall in December.
PTA prices declined from 8 October on sharp decreases in global crude oil prices. The downtrend continued when crude oil prices fluctuated at around $80/bbl. Domestic prices fell from above yuan (CNY) 6,000/tonne in early October to CNY5,600-5,700/tonne in mid-October. Downstream PET producers saw PTA prices falling below average spot prices, and stronger sales of PET led to low inventory levels. Trading volumes in the spot PTA market rose and prices were largely stable at CNY5,600-5,700/tonne for a week, before falling again at the end of the month on weak buying sentiment to CNY5,500-5,550/tonne.
PTA saw an initial weakness in November, when prices decreased to a year-low of CNY5,270-5,320/tonne., following with, news of PTA producers planning to reduce their output supported prices in the futures market, which then rebounded. The market went into a contango, and the arbitrage window opened. Prices and trading volumes in the spot market increased. News of output reduction continued to simmer and futures prices rose. Spot prices increased to CNY5,720-5,770/tonne in mid-to-late November. However, global crude oil prices plunged at end-November and domestic prices fell to CNY5,490-5,520/tonne.
In early December, the average operating rate of China’s PTA plants fell to 53%, but prices continued falling. Suppliers did not cut their contract supply for end-users in December. Buyers kept a wait-and-see stance and market transactions were limited. Prices fell to CNY5,000/tonne on 9 December, lower by over CNY1,170/tonne from early October.
(The above prices were on an EXWH by cash basis.)
ICIS experts closely follow the Asian terephthalic acid (PTA) markets to give you access to comprehensive, accurate and timely pricing information, market commentary and news.
Asia Terephthalic Acid Weekly
ICIS provides weekly coverage for the Asian terephthalic acid (PTA) industry, offering spot price assessments for key Asian markets such as China and India as well as contract settlements in Taiwan.
The weekly coverage includes information on supply/demand trends, feedstock movements, production, capacity and downstream polyester sectors.
The cost & freight (CFR) China Main Port (CMP) spot quotation is an important benchmark in the industry and has been split into two categories following the implementation of anti-dumping duties (ADDs).
Asian PTA producers, traders and end-users refer to ICIS numbers as their benchmark prices in contract settlements as a result of our fast reaction to market changes and our extensive price assessments.
ICIS attaches great importance to talking and listening to industry experts on a daily basis. This eliminates bias and ensures more accurate and independent pricing assessments.
Asia Terephthalic Acid (PTA) Daily
The ICIS Asia Terephthalic Acid (PTA) daily report supplements the detailed weekly market coverage and analysis in a liquid market. The daily update enables industry players to access information on time-sensitive deals, price movements and production news. It provides reliable information, enabling you to react quickly to opportunities and take advantage of short-term arbitrage windows.
Each daily report includes deals, bids and offers for widely transacted quotes – Cost & Freight (CFR) China Main Port (CMP) and Ex-Warehouse (EXWH) China.
Information of downstream polyester industry and an evaluation of the impact of PTA futures are also included, along with a detailed analysis of spot trading activities taken place in China - the most influential PTA market in the region.
ICIS collects pricing data on a wide range of chemical, energy and fertilizer products, including Terephthalic acid. 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.
ICIS price assessments are based on information gathered from a wide cross-section of the market, comprising consumers, producers, traders and distributors from more than 250 reporters world-wide. Confirmed deals, verified by both buyer and seller, provide the foundation of our price assessments.
Our in-depth market knowledge drives our specialist focus, as we recognise the importance of individual market dynamics and not a one-size-fits-all approach.
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