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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 Q2 2017
Methanol prices in the key China market continued to soften from the end of first quarter of the year to around mid-May when prices showed signs of stabilising. A small rebound was seen on 7 April due to multiple surges seen in the futures market that week, but it was not maintained. Other Asian countries were thinly traded in the spot market due to sufficient contractual supply and took price direction from China.
The overall sentiments in Asia was bearish throughout the second quarter. Some market participants felt that spot prices had firmed up too much previously and was not supported by market fundamentals, hence they saw the softening as a form of correction. Jiangsu’s Sailboat Methanol-to-Olefins (MTO) plant repeatedly delayed its start up, from the end of 2016 to end April, further adding to the bearish sentiment. Ample supply from coal-based methanol producers that returned from turnarounds and new capacities coming online in China, and imports from the US and South America also contributed to the poor market sentiment.
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.