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Acrylic acid-Acrylate esters: Market overview
Updated to Q3 2018
Supply in Asia is expected to be snug in Q3. Chinese supply is tight at the beginning of Q3 due to plant turnarounds, which caused prices to hike beyond what the export market can accept. Therefore, southeast Asia and India will likely see less Chinese imports. Two acrylic acid plants in southeast Asia are expected to enter planned turnarounds in Q3.
Demand is expected to be stable to soft in Q3. The summer is the typical lull season for downstream paint and coating sectors, as well as the superabsorbent polymer sector. The monsoon season in India will also curtail demand.
Supply will increase in the third quarter, as production stoppages come to an end and demand deflates in southern-Europe in August.
Demand should continue at a healthy level overall, with the coatings season well underway. However, demand in southern Europe will soften in August, as players step away from the market for the holiday period.
US acrylic acid supply will see increasing balance with demand during the third quarter of 2018. Although order controls from two major producers remained in effect heading into the period, those strictures were beginning to ease as summer inched toward fall, when demand typically weakens. Buyers will also source imports.
US acrylic acid demand during the third quarter of 2018 will begin to wane following peak buying interest during the previous quarter’s paint and coatings season. While pent-up demand from hurricanes and California wildfires in late 2017 will likely continue early in the quarter, a seasonal slowdown will eventually emerge.
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Acrylic Acid/Acrylate Esters Methodology
About Acrylic acid-Acrylate esters
Acrylate esters are colourless liquids with acrid odours, and are traded as technical grade (99% purity). Methyl acrylate and ethyl acrylate are toxic enough to require a hazardous shipping label, while butyl acrylate and 2-ethylhexyl acrylate (2EHA) are considered safe.
Acrylate esters are used in the manufacture of surface coatings/paints and resins, adhesives and plastics, dispersions and in some cases paper.
They are readily polymerised if exposed in water, to form a latex (a dispersion of solid particles in water) such as latex paints.
An associated product is methyl methacrylate. Acrylate esters are made from the reaction of an alcohol to an acid such as acrylic acid. This process is called esterification.