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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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Updated to Q1 2016
Demand for purified terephthalic acid (PTA) was subdued, as end-users in the downstream polyester markets were facing a lull season for their end-products. This was due to the major Lunar New year holidays being celebrated in Asian countries like China, Taiwan and South Korea, as well as in the southeast Asia region.
Major producers, such as Yisheng Petrochemical, BP Zhuhai and Ningbo Mitsubishi Chemicals, took the chance to undertake maintenances and turnarounds in the face of the lull in demand.
However, the spread between feedstock paraxylene and PTA held up relatively well in the face of falling crude oil prices. Spreads were largely above the $70/tonne mark, even though it dipped to $60-70/tonne on a few occasions.
This was due to the lower inventory levels, which the market was not expecting. The lower inventory levels were due to the reduced operating rates of PTA plants in China and did not bloat inventories as some market participants had expected.
Updated to Q1 2016
PTA price climbed following the increase of crude in the first quarter in 2016.
Prices of spot deals in the domestic PTA market rose after initial weakness in January. Discussions in east China fell from yuan (CNY) 4,300/tonne to CNY4,080-4,110/tonne in the first half of the month, before rising in the second half of the month on higher PX prices. By the end of January, deals in east China were mainly at CNY4,180-4,202/tonne, down from December.
Spot domestic PTA prices increased after initial weakness in February in line with crude oil prices. Prices fell below CNY4,200/tonne early in the month, but increased before the Lunar New Year holiday (7-13 February) on a strong rebound in futures prices. Despite few deals during the holiday, inventories did not rise significantly as some suppliers cut their output or shut their units. Prices rebounded after the holiday in line with crude oil prices. By the end of the month, deals in east China were mainly at CNY4,250-4,280/tonne.
The downstream textile industry enters the peak season in March and trading sentiment was more active as downstream demand strengthened. The maintenance of some PX units and a rebound in crude oil prices supported the market. However, PTA producers gradually resumed production and did not conduct further maintenance. Spot prices rebounded to CNY4,570-4,600/tonne by the end of March.
(The above prices are 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.
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