The ICIS Glycol Ether reports are published in Asia, Europe and the US on a weekly basis. Asia and US markets focus on both the ethylene and propylene based glycol ethers within this report, while in Europe these are published separately as glycol ethers and propylene glycol ethers.
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Glycol ethers: Market overview
Updated to Q3 2017
After falling in the second quarter, US propylene-series glycol ethers prices are likely to see stable-to-higher pricing during the third quarter on a likely similar movement in upstream propylene. While propylene appeared to be gaining price momentum, ethylene was weakening early in the period, which could prompt additional weakness in ethylene glycol monobutyl ether and diethylene glycol monobutyl ether prices. Glycol ethers demand from the US paint and coatings market was expected to remain steady during the summer after peak seasonal coatings demand in the second quarter.
After European glycol ether spot prices reached a peak in early May, prices remained relatively steady until butyl di-glycol prices softened slightly in June after the upstream June ethylene contract price settled lower. Market players expect spot prices to fall during the third quarter unless peak coatings demand in July keeps them higher. Demand typically slows at the end of July and in August due to European summer holidays.
Spot butyl glycol prices in key market China softened towards the end of the second quarter with tepid demand amid ample supply. For the third quarter, butyl glycol is expected to remain soft as competition intensifies between global, regional and Chinese producers. Additional supply from the new Sadara plant in Al Jubail, Saudi Arabia, is likely to reach Asia during the third quarter. The plant is a joint venture of Dow Chemical and Saudi Aramco.
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Glycol Ethers Methodology
About Glycol ethers
There are two groups of glycol ethers: E-series and P-series depending on whether they are made from ethylene oxide (EO) or propylene oxide (PO). They are used mainly as a solvent in a variety of domestic and industrial applications such as paints and coatings.
E-series glycol ethers are used as solvents and coalescing aids in paint formulations while higher molecular weight glycol ethers are used in hydraulic brake fluids. They are used as intermediates to make esters.
Propylene glycol ethers (PGE) are high performance industrial solvents used in paints and coatings, cleaners, inks and other applications.
In the electronics industry, PGEs are used with other solvents in the manufacture of laminates and semiconductor processes for making circuit boards.
Other applications include agricultural, cosmetic, ink, textile and adhesive products.