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Non-Phthalate Plasticizers: Market overview
Updated to Q4 2017
Supply of diisononyl phthalate (DINP) could be slightly affected in northeast Asia as one producer is expected to experience feedstock shortage as the producer’s isononanol plant is only expected to restart after maintenance in mid-October. Supply from northeast Asia is expected to be slightly tight at the start of the fourth quarter before normalising. Supply from China is expected to remain stable.
Plasticizers in Asia will see largely stable demand from China in the final quarter of the year. However, at the start of the quarter, demand could peak before experiencing a drop during the festive season.
Meanwhile in Japan, demand for DINP may continue to see some growth from the building materials sector.
There is an expectation of improved supply in Q4 given the anticipated return to normal production at BASF. However, it is expected to take a while to build inventories and in October there is also a planned outage at ExxonMobil. Perstorp was due to resume production at its unit in early October.
Early October saw some healthy demand for certain plasticizers, namely di-isononly phthalate (DINP). While consumption in October and November is often predicted to remain fairly constant and at a healthy level, there is a usual December slowdown as customers reduce inventories to year end.
Plasticizer production lost during Hurricane Harvey came back online by mid-September. Supply is expected to remain tight. Shortages were heard in plasticizers and in feedstock.
The construction season is expected to lengthen due to hurricane rebuilding efforts with demand possibly outpacing supply going into 2018.
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The global plasticiser market size is around 6 million tons in 2011. Plasticisers are additives that increase the flexibility of a material. 96% of plasticisers are consumed in flexible PVC applications including cables, PVC films, roofing, flooring and wall covering.