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Updated to Q4 2017
Supply from Chinese producers was largely stable in Q4. For Chinese producers that regularly export, operation rates were healthy at 70-100%, though a major producer maintained its operation rate at 50-60%. Inventory level of producers were largely kept low, due to healthy purchase of cargoes in the domestic and export market. Firmer feedstock acetic acid and ethanol resulted in higher cost pressure but did not negatively impact the operation rates, as etac prices rose alongside feedstock prices so producers were able to maintain some margins. Towards the end of Q4, a few Chinese etac plants’ operation rates were reduced temporarily in efforts to curb pollution. However, supply became ample at the end of Q4 as demand from the downstream sectors slowed during winter. In southeast Asia, an etac producer was plagued with production woes at its upstream plant, which impacted its etac/butyl acetate (butac) production since September 2017, resulting in tightened supply.
Demand started firm in Q4 in China as October and November are traditionally peak season for the downstream paint and coating sectors but slowed down later on seasonal lull. Demand was also mixed in the importing countries. In northeast Asia, demand was reduced as the weather turned cold, while in some southeast Asia markets, demand was good following a supply shortage. The supply shortage was caused by importers’ initial resistance to buy during the price uptrend, drawing down local inventory levels, and also by shipment delays of Chinese cargoes amid unfavourable port and weather conditions. As prices for solvent product methyl ethyl ketone (MEK) rose more significantly than etac in Q4, some end-users could have bought more etac to substitute MEK.
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