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 Q2 2018
European ethylene oxide (EO) supply could tighten in the second quarter due to suppliers keeping an eye on volumes ahead of planned turnarounds happening later in the year. The end of the third quarter and beginning of the fourth is still expected to be the tightest period of the year due to overlapping planned turnarounds.
The European ethylene oxide (EO) demand outlook for the year remains positive so far. Suppliers appear to be well sold for the year and EO buyers are experiencing good derivative demand.
Supply is expected to be tighter by the start of summer, driven by several turnarounds and higher demand from the onset of the peak downstream surfactants and PET seasons.
Demand is expected to see a pick-up from the downstream surfactants and PET market, which has its peak season from April to August.
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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).