ICIS publishes the weekly Acetone report in Asia, China, Europe and the US.
The reports contain information on spot and contract prices, imports, and production issues, as well as maintenance plans and upstream/downstream intelligence. The unbiased pricing data, gathered by our locally based reporters, enables those involved in Acetone or related products to make informed business decisions.
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Acetone: Market overview
Updated to Q2 2017
CFR China acetone prices are expected to be weighed on by above-average port inventories at the start to the second quarter. With the downturn in the CFR India acetone market removing a key pillar of support to the CFR China market, the end of acetone plant turnarounds in Thailand and Taiwan in mid-April, alongside higher acetone output in Singapore, expected to delay the normalisation of regional supply/demand fundamentals. US acetone prices for the second quarter are largely expected to decline throughout the quarter, following weaker upstream costs. However, supply will remain tight because of a heavy turnaround schedule and a lack of import viability, which should allow producers to keep margins strong. The European acetone market is tight as the second quarter gets underway and with two planned plant turnarounds during the quarter this tightness is expected to continue, especially as demand is expected to be healthy. Spot prices are expected to develop in line with supply and demand fundamentals.
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Acetone is a clear, water-white volatile liquid, slightly hygroscopic with a mild, mint-like fragrant odour. It is highly flammable, miscible in all proportions in water, ethyl alcohol, ether and will react explosively with strong oxidising agents.
The largest outlet for acetone is the manufacture of acetone cyanohydrin (ACH), which is a precursor to methyl methacrylate (MMA) and methacrylic acid.
An important derivative of MMA is polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA).
Applications for PMMA include windows, skylights, signs, lighting fixtures, automotive parts, medical devices and appliances. A growing sector is in electronic applications where it is used in flat screen televisions and liquid crystal displays.
Methacrylates are also used in latex surface coatings in applications such as architectural, automotive, wood furniture, lacquers and enamels.
Nearly all MMA is polymerised to make homopolymers and copolymers.
The second largest use for acetone is the manufacture of bisphenol-A (BPA), whose growth is driven by the polycarbonate sector.
Acetone is used to make a number of chemical derivatives such as methyl isobutyl ketone (MIBK), isophorone and diacetone alcohol/hexylene glycol.
Nearly all acetone production is via the cumene route where 0.62 tonnes of acetone is produced with each tonne of phenol. As a co-product to phenol, acetone availability is dependent on market conditions for phenol.