The ICIS Ethylene oxide market is covered in Europe and the US on a weekly basis.
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Ethylene oxide: Market overview
Updated to Q3 2018
EO preparations for the heavy turnaround season at the end of the third quarter and beginning of the fourth are ongoing and consumers are building up stocks ahead of the tight supply period. Supply is expected to remain tight in the coming months and will become tighter as the quarter progresses.
European EO demand is expected to remain at a healthy level for most of the year. There is said to be sufficient material to cover contractual commitments in the market, but little flexibility beyond this to fulfil any spot demand. Demand is expected to fare well, buoyed by favourable economic conditions.
EO supply is expected to lengthen in the third quarter as turnarounds wrap up. Contract prices will overall remain under downward pressure due to ample feedstock ethylene supply with the imminent start up of new capacity. However, rising ethane cash costs could stop prices from moving down too much.
Downstream demand for EO will be mostly healthy during the peak season. However, the peak PET season will start to wind down near the end of the quarter, while the peak antifreeze season will start to pick up around the same time.
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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).