Ethanolamines price reports are published weekly in Asia and Europe at ICIS.
Information is gathered by our locally based reporters and unbiased price assessments are published for the three main grades of ethanolamines; mono, di and tri. The news and market analysis cover influencing factors such as regional activity, production issues, both planned and unplanned, and upstream movements. The up-to-date market information helps support your commercial decision-making.
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Ethanolamines: Market overview
Updated to Q3 2018
Regional availability for ethanolamines could be mixed in Q3, in view of the changes in trade flows arising from the antidumping duty (ADD) rates placed on China’s imports as of late June. With reduced trades to China, local production could gradually increase and cargoes may be diverted towards other regions.
Spot demand for ethanolamines is likely to be different in the third quarter. China’s antidumping duty (ADD) announcement could eventually dampen or raise overall demand in Asia. Meanwhile, buyers in India may return after the monsoon, while users in China are likely to stock up before the Golden Week.
Supply is expected to remain good in the third quarter, particularly during the summer months and provided that there are no unexpected issues during this period. One main producer said its export volumes to Europe are likely to be reduced over the next three months on residual effects from recent output constraints in the US, among other factors. Players are likely to keep a close eye on availability in the upstream ethylene oxide (EO) market later in Q3 and into Q4, as a series of upstream ethylene oxide (EO) maintenance turnarounds are due to take place then.
European ethanolamines demand is likely to hold relatively well in July, although a summer lull in activity is expected to become more evident in August due to absences during the summer holidays.
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There are three main ethanolamines: monoethanolamine (MEA), diethanolamine (DEA) and triethanolamine (TEA). They are produced by the reaction of ethylene oxide with ammonia with the product mix varying from an MEA content of about 70% to a TEA content of about 50% and any combination in between.
MEA’s main use is in the manufacture of ethylene amines and imines, personal care products and detergents, and wood treatment. Applications for DEA include herbicides, detergents and personal care products and treatment of acid gases in refineries. A large portion of TEA goes into detergents and personal care products, engineering and metal working applications and concrete manufacture.
Ethanolamines are colourless liquids which can be hazardous in high concentrations.