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Updated to Q2 2018
Supply tightened since late April and hit its tightest point in May, owing to a spate of unplanned plant outages in Taiwan, Singapore and the United States, as well as prolonged outages at a couple of plants in China. The average operating rate of acetic acid units in the key China market fell to below 70% in April and did not recover until late June, when the operating rates hit 82%.
Demand in northeast Asia was supported by both planned and unplanned plant outages in Japan and Taiwan, amid healthy margins in the downstream vinyl acetate monomer (VAM) sector earlier in the quarter. However, demand subsequently weakened towards the end of the quarter as squeezed downstream margins in the wake of tight supply-driven price spikes to multi-year highs led to decreased downstream plant operations namely in China.
ICIS covers acetic acid spot price assessments for northeast Asia (NE Asia), southeast Asia (SE Asia), south Asia, China on a cost & freight (CFR) basis.
ICIS checks and quotes ex-tank prices for the key east China market in yuan, as well as the free on board (FOB) China price, because of the growing importance of the China export market.
The commentary explains the drivers behind price movements and covers bids, offers and spot transactions.
The status of contract price negotiations is also monitored and discussed.
ICIS keeps a close eye on all scheduled outages and reports on any production problems to ensure that subscribers have the information they need.
Fluctuations in key feedstock methanol can also have a big impact on acetic acid prices.
These factors are all tracked in the report, together with monthly trade statistics and freight rates, making it an important and key reference tool for our customers and the industry.
ICIS collects pricing data on a wide range of chemical, energy and fertilizer products, including Acetic 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 enable 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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