ICIS publishes the weekly Acetone report in Asia, China, Europe and the US.
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Acetone: Market overview
Updated to Q2 2018
Supply is expected to be relatively mixed with above-healthy inventories in the US causing greater flow of cargoes heading to Asia, while ongoing scheduled turnarounds in the region are expected to tighten supply in Asia. Supply from Southeast Asia is restricted with two scheduled turnarounds – Mitsui Phenol Singapore and Thailand’s PTT facilities from April-June.
Demand in the second quarter is expected to be stable-to-soft with some downstream units undergoing maintenance in China. Two Chinese MMA plants are undergoing maintenance since the middle of March and Nanya Plastic’s Ningbo BPA (bisphenol A) plant, with a capacity of 150,000 tonnes/year, are slated for scheduled maintenance for the entire month of April.
Updated to Q3 2018
The European acetone market will be affected by a turnaround at downstream methyl methacrylate (MMA) producer Lucite International. The turnaround contributed to lengthy conditions in Q1 and is expected to do so until April, when it ends. There is also a scheduled maintenance at Borealis’s 120,000 tonne/year Porvoo, Finland acetone line in April. The shutdown is set to last around three weeks, although market participants do not anticipate as big an effect from this as from Lucite’s turnaround.
Europe acetone demand will be reduced by a turnaround at downstream MMA producer Lucite International. Maintenance at its 200,000 tonne/year Cassel site in the UK began in March and is scheduled to last for two months. The idling of Anglo-Dutch seller Shell Chemical’s acetone line in the US could result in a boost in exports. The 144,000 tonne/year plant is situated in Deer Park, Texas and was idled in February.
Updated to Q2 2018
Supply is expected to tighten following the recent plant idling on the US Gulf Coast and a cutback in import volumes, given long supply to start the year.
Demand should remain strong, as consumption of methyl methacrylate (MMA), polycarbonate (PC) and epoxy resins increases, while solvents demand should also increase steadily.
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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.