The ICIS Ethyl Acetate reports are published in Asia, Europe and the US on a weekly basis.
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Ethyl acetate: Market overview
Updated to Q3 2017
The US etac market is expected to remain fairly stable in Q3, following multiple market-driven price increases throughout Q2. Participants have expressed sentiment that prices are unlikely to trend any higher. This comes after feedstock acetic acid availability has improved after the conclusion of recent turnaround activity and the US etac markets have become more balanced after supply issues last quarter.
Prices on the European etac market fell sharply during June to €930-970/tonne FD NWE amid improving availability of material after a period of tightness. Mixed views were given between prices stabilising or falling further during Q3, as demand is anticipated to slip during late July and August.
In Asia, a supply overhang is likely to continue to add pressure to etac prices. Q3 is a typical lull season for etac due to the hot and wet summer that are not conducive to downstream production, thus demand will likely slow down. The etac price direction will depend on feedstock values, and acetic acid in particular may lend some support, with the current tight supply likely to continue into Q3 with several producers in Asia planning turnarounds.
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Ethyl Acetate Methodology
About Ethyl acetate
Ethyl acetate (etac) is a colourless, mobile, volatile liquid, with a characteristic pleasant fruity odour. It is highly flammable, soluble in ethyl alcohol and ether but slightly soluble in water.
It is used in a variety of coating formulations such as epoxies, urethanes, cellulosics, acrylics and vinyls. Applications for these coatings are numerous including wood furniture and fixtures, agricultural, construction and mining equipment, auto refinishing, and maintenance and marine uses.
Ethyl acetate has applications as a solvent in inks for flexographic and rotogravure printing. It is used as an extraction solvent in the production of pharmaceuticals and food, and as a carrier solvent for herbicides. High purity product can be used as a viscosity reducer for resins used in photoresist formulations in the electronics industry.
As an active solvent, etac is available in three grades: 85-88%, 99% and 99.5% (urethane grade). The most popular is 99% grade which is chiefly used in industrial lacquers and enamels.
Miscellaneous uses of etac include adhesives and cosmetics.