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Acetic acid: Market overview
Updated to Q2 2018
Tight supply conditions may be alleviated in Q2 although two major export-oriented producers in China are scheduled for turnarounds in April and May. In terms of Middle East supply, offers of Saudi-origin cargoes to India will not be available until the second half of April following production issues in February.
Demand may be supported by pent-up demand for inventory replenishments in India as a long-anticipated price correction failed to materialise after the Lunar New Year holiday. Northeast Asian demand is expected to be buoyant amid supply shortfalls due to a plant turnaround from mid-May to mid-June in Japan.
No let-up in the shortage of acetic acid in Europe is expected in the near future. Sources on the sell side think that supply constraints will continue well into Q2, with a major producer believed to be entering a six-week turnaround at the beginning of April. It is thought that the market may become more balanced in June.
Demand in the acetic acid market tends to be relatively stable, and where some seasonal increases take place, other declines occur, making overall consumption fairly constant. While the de-icing season is over, demand for purified terephthalic acid (PTA) and vinyl acetate monomer (VAM) should both pick up soon, with peak consumption in these downstream sectors coming around the middle of the year. Q2 is therefore likely be the strongest period of the year.
Talk continues about possible problems at a BP-operated acetic acid unit in Texas City, Texas. The speculation has focused on problems encountered by the producer in coming out of a planned maintenance or turnaround in late February or early March. BP will not comment.
US acetic acid producers obviously think demand is there to satisfy proposed increases, and the onset of the spring/summer coatings season could boost orders. Consumers say the recent lifting of LyondellBasell’s force majeure will bring more supply back into the market, though some planned maintenances may tighten supply.
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About Acetic acid
Acetic acid is a clear, colourless, mobile liquid with a pungent odour and acidic taste. It is miscible in water and most organic solvents but insoluble in mineral oils and carbon disulphide.
Acetic acid is used as a chemical intermediate and solvent with widespread applications throughout industry. The largest outlet is vinyl acetate monomer (VAM), which is used in paints, adhesives, textiles, paper, films and chewing gum. Many VAM plants are integrated with acetic acid facilities.
The production of purified terephthalic acid (PTA) is the second largest outlet consuming 18% of acetic acid production.
There are many other applications from fragrances to foodstuffs and dyes to detergents.