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We offer the following regional Methanol coverage to keep you informed of factors and developments affecting prices in the Asia Methanol marketplace.
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Updated to Q4 2017
Supply in Asia continued to be tight over the last quarter of 2017, due to a few additional unscheduled outages and delayed restarts from turnarounds. Furthermore, there was a natural gas outage in China, causing some methanol plants to shut down. As a result, port inventories in east and south China were extremely depleted, resulting in prices reaching record multi-year high levels. Buyers in other Asian countries and regions also complained of supply tightness, as sellers chose to send any available volumes to the key China market.
Downstream demand softened throughout the quarter, partially from the winter season and year-end lull, and partially from squeezed margins as methanol prices surged. However, the effect from this was overshadowed by supply tightness, resulting in large increases in domestic prices for most markets. This led to strong buying interest from importers and distributors from non-Chinese markets, which helped to further bolster methanol prices in the region. Some methanol producers were also active in the spot market as buyers, looking to replenish their depleted inventories due to outages and delayed restarts from turnarounds.
Asia Methanol Pricing Report
ICIS publishes daily and weekly price assessments, market news and analyses for the Asian methanol market. Whether you are a buyer, trader or seller, our pricing information gives you access to time-sensitive deals, offers/bids and price movements. Historical pricing data is also available.
Our report includes all of the following:
- CFR spot prices for South Korea, Taiwan, Southeast Asia and China
- CFR WC India spot prices
- FOB China Export spot prices
- Ex-tank spot prices for East and South China
The report has a section on production news, capturing any significant production developments through the week. A discussion of supply and demand fundamentals is also included.
Global methanol supply and demand database
ICIS’ online database provides a single, highly searchable source of detailed historical data as far back as 1978 and forecast data up until 2030 for methanol around the globe. The service combines supply/demand, trade, capacity and ownership data to give you multiple views of the market from a global, regional or local perspective.
ICIS collects pricing data on a wide range of chemical, energy and fertilizer products, including Methanol. Our extensive experience in price reporting means we can offer you access to historical data dating back more than 20 years for certain commodities.
Our time series of pricing data enables you to build and model trends, to get a view of where markets might be heading. The data service includes charting functionality, allowing you to chart and download multiple data series for manipulation in your own internal models. You can also export data to Excel via the ICIS dashboard service.
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ICIS price assessments are based on information gathered from a wide cross-section of the market comprising consumers, producers, traders and distributors by more than 250 of its reporters worldwide. Confirmed deals that are verified by both buyer and seller provide the foundation of our price assessments.
Our ICIS Asia methanol pricing reports include spot assessments for the following:
- CFR (cost & freight) China
- Ex-tank domestic China (east and south China)
- FOB (free on board) China
- CFR Taiwan
- CFR Korea
- CFR Southeast Asia
- CFR West Coast India
You can rely on our reports to give you the prices and analysis of factors driving prices to facilitate your commercial transactions and business decisions.