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.
Our locally based reporters gather market intelligence on demand, supply, upstream movements, production schedules and any other key factors influencing prices at the time. Follow our universally-trusted reports to help you make informed commercial decisions.
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Glycol ethers: Market overview
Updated to Q4 2017
US glycol ethers supply is expected to be somewhat constrained during the early part of the fourth quarter as upstream production continues to regain momentum after Hurricane Harvey. More broadly, supply was likely to remain mostly steady through the end of the year, as market conditions, including transportation logistics, continue to improve.
During a quarter in which demand and pricing usually drops off with the Christmas and US Thanksgiving holidays, as well as year-end destocking, some domestic glycol ethers sources anticipate more stable demand amid Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts. There is debate, however, as to whether demand will begin to gain significant momentum late in the quarter or become more evident early next year.
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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.