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Updated to Q2 2018
Supply has been plentiful in the last quarter with strong margins encouraging increased production. Methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE) is priced at a factor to Eurobob gasoline, and this factor inched slightly lower since the beginning of the quarter. With good margins on individual sales prompting greater production, supply is considerably longer.
Demand for European methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE) in Q2 weakened compared to last year, both at home and abroad. Lower demand in Latin America, particularly from Venezuela, has increasingly been filled by producers in the Americas. During the last year, exports made up about 15% of Europe’s production capacity. Competition with other gasoline and biofuel components, based on prices and mandates, has seen the market share of MTBE shrink in Europe.
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