The ICIS Ethylene oxide market is covered in Europe and the US on a weekly basis.
Price assessments cover monthly contract prices in both regions. The news and analysis give an overview of the market, plus upstream and downstream movements, production updates, graphs and feedstock contract price tables. The market intelligence provides you with an important resource to use when making strategic commercial decisions.
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Ethylene oxide: Market overview
Updated to Q4 2017
European ethylene oxide (EO) players do not foresee a vast change from the current dynamics seen in the market. Demand is expected to remain at a good level as downstream demand was considered healthy in the third quarter.
European ethylene oxide (EO) market sources are expecting fundamental supply levels to remain balanced in the final quarter of the year. Despite a couple of turnarounds that have yet to take place, the year should finish in a balanced state of supply.
Supply will remain tight for a part of Q4 as production gets back to normal in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. An extended turnaround will wrap up early in the quarter, and supply levels should normalise for the rest of the period. There will be increased demand from the antifreeze sector, although it does not constitute a large part of the downstream market.
For a part of Q4, demand will be strong for the limited amount of material on hand in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. There will be increased demand from the antifreeze sector, although it does not constitute a large part of the downstream market. As a result, overall demand will decrease through the quarter as it will be the off-peak season for other downstream markets.
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Ethylene Oxide Methodology
About Ethylene oxide
Ethylene oxide (EO) is the simplest cyclic ether and is a highly reactive, colourless gas due to the strain in its ring structure. It decomposes on heating above 500oC and may polymerise due to heating, under the influence of acids, bases, metal chlorides and metal oxides.
EO is used primarily in the production of monoethylene glycol (MEG) which is used mainly in the production of polyesters and antifreeze.
Other EO derivatives include ethoxylates (used in shampoo), ethanolamines (used in surfactants, personal care products), glycol ethers (used in solvents and fuels), polyethylene glycols (used in toothpaste) and polyalkylene glycols (used in antifoam agents).