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 Overview Transcript
Ethylbenzne is a product that is made typically by catalytic alkylisation of benzene with ethylene it’s a product used in the production of styrene monomer.
However, in North America it is mostly a captive market leaving very little for the merchant market. And of course, the key drivers of this market come from its two major feedstocks: ethylene and benzene.
ICIS has a spot price for US Gulf ethylbenzene, which is calculated using an industry-based formula, and market information that we gather from market sources.
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Ethylbenzene: Market overview
Updated to Q1 2017
European ethylbenzene prices have initially seen some upward movement so far in January 2017, with some gains on both benzene and styrene supporting the bullishness. However, a steep backwardation on benzene into February could be counteracted by stronger styrene costs in a global market expected to tighten. This is likely to keep styrene prices firm, but the expected drop in consumption could see benzene numbers fall.
In the US, ethylbenzene prices began the first quarter of 2017 on a sharp uptrend as upstream benzene and downstream styrene prices rose. Despite the upward movement in both markets, a relatively wide spread remains between the upstream and downstream prices. Ethylbenzene prices may continue to rise through the quarter as turnarounds in the styrene sector could push prices up in an already tight market. However, if the lower consumption impacts benzene prices, there could be some downward pressure on ethylbenzene as well.
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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.