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Isopropanol: Market overview
Updated to Q2 2017
The European IPA market has been tight in the first quarter, with market sources expecting no relief in the second quarter. Producers have proposed double-to-triple digit increases for April. The feedstock propylene price has also risen, although it may be driven down again by the decrease in crude oil prices in the second half of the first quarter.
Asian prices are likely to be stable. Demand is typically strong during the spring season. Buying activities are likely to increase during pre- and post-festivities in June. However, the uptrend is likely to be balanced by the falling feedstock acetone and propylene prices.
US IPA is expected to become more readily available in the second quarter, as market participants said that the supply tightness of the first quarter has begun to ease. Feedstock propylene prices are expected to decrease in the second quarter, which may also contribute to a downtrend in IPA prices. Demand is expected to remain healthy during the second quarter.
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Isopropanol (IPA) is a clear, colourless, mobile liquid with an alcoholic odour. It is miscible with water and ethyl alcohol and reacts with strong oxidants.
IPA, also known as isopropyl alcohol, is a low-cost solvent used in many industrial and consumer products and as an extractant. Outlets include cosmetics and personal care products, de-icers, paints and resins, pharmaceuticals, food, inks and adhesives. It is also used as solvent for oil and gums and in the manufacture of fishmeal concentrates. Low-grade IPA is used in motor oils.
Other applications include its use as a cleaning and drying agent in the manufacture of electronic parts and metals, and as an aerosol solvent in medical and veterinary products. It can also be used as a coolant in beer manufacture, a coupling agent, a polymerisation modifier, a de-icing agent and a preservative.
Some chemical compounds are manufactured from IPA, in particular derivative ketones, such as methyl isobutyl ketone (MIBK), isopropylamines and isopropyl esters.