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The ICIS US Gulf (USG) toluene report has two main price quotes. It has a price quote for nitration grade toluene and commercial grade toluene.
Nitration grade is typically the most active as opposed to the commercial grade market.
Commercial grade toluene will usually run at a discount. We cover all bases when it comes to getting our information; we talk to producers, buyers, brokers and traders.
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Updated to Q1 2016
US Gulf toluene values began Q1 2016 on a downtrend as octane demand for US gasoline exports into South America waned and there was limited chemical demand to pick up the slack.
Toluene is frequently used as an octane booster in summer gasoline blends, while winter fuel blends, which are allowed to be more volatile, can use cheaper octane boosters like butane. In the US, summer fuel grades are mandated May through mid-September, with fuel blenders switching to summer specifications as early as March. Last year, toluene values remained supported throughout Q4 amid strong US gasoline exports to South America, which have summer during North American winter. However, gasoline exports and octane demand for fuels faded as 2016 began.
For chemical demand, US toluene is commonly used as a feedstock to produce on-purpose benzene.
However, high levels of US benzene imports in January and February lessened the need to run conversion units.
However, in March toluene prices began climbing as octane demand for the US summer fuels season began and as fewer US benzene imports improved the economics of using toluene for on-purpose benzene production.
The ICIS US Gulf (USG) toluene report has two main price quotes. It has a price quote for nitration-grade toluene and commercial-grade toluene. Nitration grade is typically the most active, as opposed to the commercial-grade market.
Commercial-grade toluene will usually run at a discount.
We cover all bases when it comes to getting our information; we talk to producers, buyers, brokers and traders.
We try to get as many people to talk to us as we can. That really helps us in being as accurate as we can, so that our customers have access to a reliable source of information.
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