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Updated to Q2 2017
Asia's methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE) prices were mostly on a downtrend in the second quarter, after hitting a high of $700/tonne FOB (free on board) Singapore on 12 April.
Demand in the first half of April was strong from Singapore-based blenders because of the healthy margins for higher-RON gasoline blending, contributing to the price support in the market. This was against a backdrop of ongoing refinery maintenances - both planned and unplanned - in the Middle East and India.
In addition, there was the lack of MTBE material from some producers in both northeast and southeast Asia, who were undergoing maintenances from April to May.
However, the FOB Singapore prices started to move down after MTBE supply outages resumed in H2 May. Price decreases were further exacerbated by the narrower margins for higher-RON gasoline blending.
Despite the persistent price falls in May to June, the market received some respite from the wider arbitrage window for imports going into China because of better-than-expected demand. Importers were recording positive margins to engage in back-to-back business activity and could consider to buy CFR (cost & freight) China material.
In Asia’s volatile and rapidly expanding MTBE markets, daily price assessments are essential to help you keep up with fast-paced price fluctuations. The ICIS Asia MTBE daily price report provides buyers, sellers and traders with daily insights, enabling you to benchmark your prices and forecast trends as they develop.
The Asia MTBE daily price report provides the following:
- Daily and weekly spot prices for FOB Singapore, CFR Singapore and CFR China markets
- A look into the Chinese markets – domestic spot market and gasoline inventories
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For industry players participating in Asian markets, ICIS daily price reports are a fundamental tool to navigating these uncertain times profitably.
ICIS collects pricing data on a wide range of chemical, energy and fertilizer products, including Methyl tertiary butyl ether. Our extensive experience in price reporting means we can offer you access to historical data dating back more than 20 years for certain commodities.
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