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Updated to Q3 2017
European methyl isobutyl ketone (MIBK) availability was squeezed severely in Q3 as a result of a chemical solvents force majeure at Shell's Pernis, Netherlands plant. As a result, prices trended upwards after the first half of July as the market came under strain. Whilst the market rebalanced slightly towards the end of the quarter, prices remained relatively high. Sources also said that the limited imports of feedstock IPA have had some impact in this regard as well as increasing uncertainty.
European methyl isobutyl ketone (MIBK) demand has been relatively strong in 2017 as a result of good economic performance in the Eurozone. MIBK is used primarily in the solvents industry, as a chemical intermediary and in the coatings industry, meaning that its performance is strongly tied to the overall economy. MIBK spot demand is structurally quiet because the majority of business is carried out via fixed contracts, which are generally tied to index prices.
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