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 2017
US ethylene oxide (EO) contracts are expected to decrease in the second quarter due to a fall in feedstock values. The February contract price settled up by 1.80 cents/lb ($40/tonne). Coming into the second quarter, the market was marked by soft downstream demand in monoethylene glycol (MEG) as it was a lull period. Demand from the antifreeze sector has wound down as the coldest weather is over. Meanwhile, the polyethylene terephthalate (PET) market will gradually start to pick up as the weather warms and demand for bottled beverages increases.
In Europe, formula contract prices are expected to continue to follow trends in upstream ethylene pricing. The supply and demand balance is expected to tighten during the second quarter as several European producers are expected to undergo turnarounds. Though availability is expected to be limited, a stable and uneventful first quarter means market participants are thought to be generally well prepared for the turnaround season.
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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).