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.
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Ethylbenzene: Market overview
Updated to Q4 2018
European ethylbenzene supply will continue to be affected to some extent by upstream benzene availability, which will be influenced by high inventories in China. Benzene length was pronounced in August on reduced styrene consumption during the summer, an amid an unplanned outage in Maasvlakte, the Netherlands.
Downstream styrene consumption will be of importance to future European ethylbenzene dynamics. Styrene demand should be active during October. It is a balanced market, but order book volumes will be affected by reduced consumer confidence and year-end destocking.
US supply of ethylbenzene could tighten in the fourth quarter, as upstream benzene supply could see some declines as refinery operating rates are likely to be scaled back with the passing of the summer high season for gasoline.
Demand is likely to be healthy entering the fourth quarter as downstream styrene domestic and export markets are strong, with paints and coatings and rubber markets particularly strong in the domestic market. Ethylbenzene is used primarily for the production of styrene.
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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.