The ICIS Ethyl Acetate reports are published in Asia, Europe and the US on a weekly basis.
All regions cover the spot market, while in the US there is also a distributor price assessment. The independent pricing information is gathered locally by our network of reporters. Commentary and analysis covers regional activity, upstream news, production updates and graphs, ensuring you are equipped with the latest market movements when making your commercial judgements.
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Ethyl acetate Overview Transcript
Ethyl acete or etac is a solvent with the main outlet being coatings which account for about 60% of demand.
Process solvents including pharmaceuticals and organic synthesis account for 15% while printing inks are also estimated at 15%. Miscellaneous uses including adhesives cosmetics account for a further 10% of demand.
The main European producers of ethyl acetate are Ineos, Sekab and Solutia. Product is regularly imported from Celanese in the US and Rhodia in Brazil. There are also imports of Indian product, and while there are some regular players involved in this, there is also some more sporadic involvement depending on net-backs and demand.
Producers generally agree contracts direct with the larger customers and have contracts with the distribution network to deliver to medium and smaller buyers.
Ethyl acetate’s key feedstocks are ethanol and acetic acid or ethylene and acetic acid depending on the player.
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Ethyl acetate: Market overview
Updated to Q1 2017
Rising feedstock costs and the fall in the value of the euro against the dollar are making Europe less attractive to importers. It remains to be seen if production capacity in Europe can meet demand in the first quarter, without import material.
Participants in the US etac market are expecting a stable price environment in the first quarter of 2017, based on expectations that there will be no major changes in market dynamics. Prices trended upwards during 2016, continuing a recovery in US etac prices that began in November 2015. Previously, prices had reached multi-year lows in the second half of 2015. Now that prices have moved higher, sources have not expressed the sentiment that prices will move any higher in the first quarter. Sources have said that generally, demand from all etac end-use sectors remains steady.
Market participants expect to see limited downside to Asian etac prices, following the feedstock cost-driven run-up in the final quarter of 2016. Even though upstream methanol and acetic acid prices came off their earlier highs, supply from China will be curbed as Chinese etac makers undertake shutdowns over the late January/early February Lunar New Year holiday period.
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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.