The ICIS Ethylbenzene reports are covered weekly in Europe and the US. Both regions focus on the spot price assessments on an FOB NWE and FOB USG basis.
The locally based reporters publish news and market analysis on upstream price movements, demand, supply, production updates and graphs. There are also feedstock contract price quotes within both reports. Our independent information gives you the necessary insight to make informed and confident commercial decisions.
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Ethylbenzene: Market overview
Updated to Q3 2018
European ethylbenzene supply will be affected to some extent by upstream benzene availability, which will be influenced by high inventories in China. There was tightness for prompt deliveries of Europe benzene in July, but this was set to balance as time passed.
Downstream styrene consumption will be of importance to future European ethylbenzene dynamics. Styrene is a balanced market, but order book volumes will be affected by a summer seasonal slowdown. Demand should then increase from September as derivative market activity rises.
Supply of US ethylbenzene could improve in the third quarter as benzene supply has improved from the previous quarter and is expected to be good-to-long. Supply should also improve as a series of downstream styrene production issues that crimped benzene consumption in the second quarter are likely to be resolved.
Demand is likely to increase in the third quarter, tracking stronger consumption in downstream markets, including polystyrene (PS), expandable polystyrene (EPS) and acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS), where demand is steady-to-strong.
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Ethyl Benzene Methodology
Ethylbenzene (EB) is a colourless liquid, with a pungent aromatic odour. It is practically insoluble in water but soluble in ethyl alcohol, ether and benzene.
Nearly all EB output is used in the production of styrene monomer, which is then used in many homopolymer, copolymer and terpolymer applications. These applications cover a wide scope of industrial, consumer and medical products.
Ethylbenzene is also used in the production of synthetic rubber, as a component of automotive and aviation fuels and in the manufacture of cellulose acetate. It is utilised as a solvent or diluent for alkyd surface coatings, and as a chemical intermediate for diethylbenzene and acetophenone, ethyl anthraquinone, EB sulphonic acids, and alpha-methylbenzyl alcohol.