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Monopropylene glycol: Market overview
Updated to Q4 2017
Supply is expected to dwindle further as import availability from the US is expected to be reduced because LyondellBasell had declared force majeure on its PG production in late-August due to hurricane Harvey. Output from a northeast Asian plant and a couple of southeast Asia-based producers will likely remain stable from the previous quarter.
Demand is expected to improve due to the peak demand season in September and October every year, especially for pharmaceutical-grade propylene glycol (USP) which is used in fragrances and beverages applications, whereby its demand pick up will likely be more significant than that of industrial-grade propylene glycol (PGI).
European mono propylene glycol (MPG) supply could tighten during the fourth quarter, if harsh winter conditions occur and demand from the main downstream de-icer sector gains additional momentum.
European mono propylene glycol (MPG) demand is likely to increase from the downstream de-icer sector during the fourth quarter for seasonal reasons, especially if there is a prolonged cold winter period.
US monopropylene glycol (MPG) availability is expected to gradually return to normal in the fourth quarter as most plants in the US Gulf Coast have managed to restore operations following Hurricane Harvey.
US monopropylene glycol (MPG) demand is likely to remain firm into the fourth quarter as the high season for antifreeze and de-icing applications gets underway. Demand for other MPG applications is said to have been healthy this year.
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About Monopropylene glycol
Mono propylene glycol (MPG) otherwise referred to as propylene glycol (PG), is a clear, colourless, odourless, hygroscopic, viscous liquid. It is relatively non-toxic but is a mild irritant and defatting agent. PG is combustible but not flammable at room temperature.
PG is used in the manufacture of high performance unsaturated polyester resins (UPR), as well as engine coolants, antifreeze applications, aircraft wing and runway de-icer, food, pharmaceuticals and personal care products, and paints/coatings.
The manufacture of plasticisers and hydraulic brake fluids consume considerable quantities of propylene glycol and it is also used in the manufacture of non-ionic detergents which are utilised not only in the petroleum, sugar refining and paper making industries, but also in the preparation of toiletries, antibiotics and liquid washing formulations.
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