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Updated to Q1 2018
The northwest European hydrochloric acid (HCl) market began the year with steady supply levels which remained constant throughout the quarter. A number of planned shutdowns in the HCl and related markets took place in March, with some scheduled for April also. BASF’s 300,000 tonnes/year toluene di-isocyanate (TDI) plant at Ludwigshafen, Germany, was shut down for most of the quarter, although this did not have a significant impact on the HCl market. Meanwhile, in the Spanish market supply constraints were persistent throughout the first quarter.
Demand sentiment was mixed in the early stages of the first quarter. Most players in northwest Europe described demand as slow in January, following the holiday period, however, some producers said demand remained healthy. The northwest European market was balanced in March, with healthy demand being met by supply, although a number of shutdowns were taking place in Europe. In Spain, demand was strong throughout the first quarter and spot prices increased gradually due to supply constraints in the region.
Updated to Q1 2018
Supply was deemed constrained during the quarter on unplanned plant outages and disrupted gas feedstock supply in Louisiana for two major producers of acid as a by-product. However, a significant amount of material was apparently stored in the supply chain, mostly in parked rail cars at the hubs and storage terminals of major distributors. That unquantified supply prevented any delivery delays or price spikes and undermined separate efforts by producers for a price increase.
Demand from the oilfield, the most volatile end-use sector, continued steady-to-firm as oil prices rose and made drilling budgets more feasible. That was slightly offset by a shortage of fracking sand used by drillers to prop open cracks caused by the hydraulic fracturing process. That slowed operations in some areas, slowing buying activity, as did some intermittently unfavourable weather. Demand from steel pickling, food processing and for chemical processing, continued at industrial activity growth rates.
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