Sulphuric acid Prices, markets & analysis
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Updated to Q1 2015
The sulphuric acid market during the first three months of 2015 was firm, and smelter prices were supported by healthy demand and lack of spot availability internationally.
Prices experience minor gains globally as a result of positive market fundamentals. Prices in the top three importing countries – Chile, China and Brazil – were firm during the first quarter. Prices in Brazil started to firm towards the tail end of Q1 as Mosaic and Yara came to the market looking to secure volume – the range widened from $80-85/tonne CFR (cost and freight) Brazil to $80-90/tonne CFR Brazil. Timac secured a cargo, but this was from Mexico via a trader, which sources deemed rather out of the ordinary.
In Asia, the lion’s share of buying interest was from India and this boosted price ideas. Limited availability was seen in Asia because of planned turnarounds at LS-Nikko in South Korea, Mitsubishi in Japan and Glencore in the Philippines.
In Europe, downstream demand was as expected and there were no problems with availability. Because of this, the contract price rolled over from Q4 to Q1 at €60-89/tonne CFR NEW (northwest Europe).
North Africa was viewed by many to have a strong appetite for sulphuric acid, particularly in January and February. Although $55-60/tonne CFR North Africa was deemed reflective of the market, some sellers stressed that they would not offer anything below $60/tonne CFR because spot availability was so limited.
The World Sulphuric Acid Weekly new look report contains 16 benchmark sulphuric acid price assessments and covers international trade across Europe, Asia and the US.
Included in the report are shipping fixtures and smelter outages, along with coverage of upstream sulphur and downstream fertilizers and chemicals. Coverage and attention is also paid to the base metals market and price developments for copper, zinc and nickel. Sulphuric acid import and export statistics are also published.
The report tackles all events likely to impact the global sulphuric acid market, including price developments, trade flows, as well as supply and demand balances.
The information in the report is gathered by talking to suppliers, traders and consumers from around the world, in addition to our own industry experts covering markets related to sulphuric acid.
All these developments are thoroughly analyzed 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.
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.
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