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The Europe market is expected to remain balanced, with Brazil and Chile now covered and not expected to be in the market until May.
Export prices moved away from a negative to $0-10/tonne FOB (free on board) northwest Europe (NWE) in March, but prices are now expected to remain steady.
No major smelter turnarounds are expected during the remainder of 2014, leading to a slightly bearish outlook if demand for export turns out to be at a low level.
On a contract basis, sellers are looking to increase Q2 prices by €5-10/tonne from the previous quarter, but since market dynamics are expected to remain broadly unchanged buyers see no reason for prices to firm.
In Asia, buyers and sellers are keen to settle Q2 contracts sooner than later. The market is expected to remain focused on the Philippines and the restart of the PASAR smelter, which came back on line in March. Maintenance is planned at the Taganito project and that could result in a drop in demand.
In terms of pricing, producers are pushing for increases based on higher sulphur values, with offers at $60/tonne CFR SE Asia. In Japan, sellers are pushing for an increase of $10/tonne to reflect rising sulphur values. However, buyers are reluctant on hikes for acid based on sulphur price increases from suppliers that are all smelter related.
In the US, various smelter outages are planned, but this is not expected to have a huge impact on supply or prices. The cold weather in Canada is expected to ease and this, in turn, should result in improved availability.
Updated to Q1 2014
The World Sulphuric Acid Weekly report is published under the ICIS PentaSul brand. It contains eight benchmark sulphuric acid price assessments – (three contract and five spot basis).
We also track the prices of associated products, both upstream and downstream, such as sulphur, base metals and phosphate fertilizer.
The report covers all events likely to impact the global sulphuric acid market, including project news, cargo movements and contract price settlements. The information in the report is gathered by talking to suppliers, traders and consumers around the world.
All these developments are thoroughly analysed on a weekly basis. The report is beneficial to our customers because it is the most comprehensive analysis of this crucial market.
ICIS collects pricing data on a wide range of chemical, energy and fertilizer products, including Sulphuric 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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