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The European ethanol market is a traditional one, and it covers the two main grades the 99% industrial, which is both synthetic and fermented and the 96% neutral beverage grade which is mainly based on molasses.
The market is generally quarterly based but there is also an element of monthly distribution and spot business. There are also some longer term contracts and they’re typically for the larger volume customers.
There’s also a 96% rectified neutral grade (REN) market which is a seasonal one and typically goes into the screen wash sector.
Other downstream sectors include industrial applications, cosmetic and pharmaceutical and also different beverage beverages as well.
The overall pricing trend has been firm particularly in the second half of this year, and this is due to: globally poor harvests; a resulting lack of imports; synthetic production problems and robust demand.
The future outlooks also set to be firm and increasing. This is due to the next harvest availability, due mid next year in Europe and also the renewable energy directive in Europe which is set to boost biofuel consumption by 10% by 2020. So this will have an additional burden on the traditional ethanol market.
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Anhydrous ethanol import prices into the key Philippines region started its uptrend from February onwards as supply from the US region remained limited amid poor weather conditions.
The disruption in local logistics due to the severe winter storm in the US had led to an accumulation of stocks among producers. Subsequently, several US-based producers were heard to have reduced their operating rates to manage rising tank inventory levels.
Furthermore, supply from Pakistan was limited as most producers were sold out until March, with a handful sold out until April.
End-users were heard seeking cargoes from producers in Cambodia and Indonesia to plug production shortfalls. Most gasoline blenders were heard to have covered their requirements up to April, with some up to May.
For the hydrous ethanol sector, prices were on a roller coaster ride as supply was limited because Brazilian producers were heard to be sitting on low ethanol stocks as December-April is the inter-crop season. Sugarcane harvest season begins in the latter half of April.
Prices of Brazil-origin ethanol kept increasing as Brazilian producers expect the 2014/2015 sugarcane harvest to drop on poor weather conditions, curtailing ethanol production and export volume.
Japanese end-users were heard to have covered their production requirements up to August with previous procurements of the older crop material.
Updated to Q1 2014
ICIS publishes a weekly report for Ethanol in Asia which contains price quotes for the anhydrous and hydrous grade product.
For the anhydrous grade, we get the import prices through the Philippines and also track prices from Pakistan. For the Hydrous grade; import prices to North East Asia and South East Asia are assessed.
These are prices for deep sea material usually arriving from Brazil. We work closely with our colleagues who cover the US and Brazilian markets to ensure we capture all the movements to Asia and help to provide global context to the regional market.
The report monitors shipping freights as it has an important role in influencing economical prices and a breakdown of fixtures and enquiries is included.
As the only weekly stand-alone publication on the Asia Ethanol market, the report offers a timely and objective round-up of the Asian business and the factors affecting the market.
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