The reliable and trustworthy ICIS Oxo-alcohols report is covered weekly in Asia, China, Europe and the US. All four regions have price assessments gathered by our locally-based reporters that focus on market movements on n-butanol, iso-butanol, 2-ethylhexanol and dioctyl phthalate.
Europe also has a spot quote for diisononyl phthalate (DINP). The commentary gives additional background information on the factors influencing prices, such as demand and supply, import/export data, graphs and feedstock movements. This invaluable tool can be used to support you in making those crucial commercial decisions.
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Oxo-alcohols: Market overview
Updated to Q1 2017
Northeast Asia’s oxo-alcohol markets may correct itself in the first quarter of 2017 following an unexpected surge in the last quarter of 2016. However, with restocking activities ahead of the Lunar New Year holiday expected to take place earlier in 2017, spot prices could experience a soft landing instead in the first quarter.
The European oxo-alcohol markets look set to remain firm into 2017 on the back of supply restrictions and higher feedstock costs. 2-ethyl hexanol (2-EH) is still considered a balanced-to-firm market, with targets in place for the first quarter and an expected healthy level of demand moving into its traditionally strong period of consumption in the second quarter.
US oxo-alcohol prices are poised to increase during the first quarter of 2017 on moderately stronger feedstock propylene prices and expected demand strength. Assuming moderate winter weather, paint blending will ramp up ahead of typical peak demand during the US spring paint and coatings season in the second quarter. January price-hike talks centering on separate initiatives of 5 cents/lb ($110/tonne) were underway.
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Oxo Alcohols Methodology
The oxo-alcohols chain consists of n-butanol (NBA), isobutanol (IBA), and 2-ethylhexanol (2-EH). Around 50% of 2-EH is used to make plasticisers, mainly dioctyl phthalate (DOP).
DOP is a plasticiser, which is material used for plastic, typically polyvinyl chloride (PVC) to enhance its flexibility and malleability. Di-isononyl phthalate (DINP) is also a plasticiser.
NBA is a feedstock for butyl acrylate and methacrylate, butanol-based glycol ethers, butyl acetate (butac), and some plasticisers. IBA is used as a solvent for nitrocellulose, in hydraulic fluids, and as a resin modifier.
Key drivers for oxo-alcohols are the construction industry (home and commercial), the appliance industry, the automotive industry and industries that need imperial coating material.
In addition, the alcohols NBA, IBA, and 2-EH have some uses just as solvents.
Health risks include irritation to the eyes, skin and respiratory tracks when inhaled.
In Europe DOP has been re-labelled to a higher-risk category, featuring the skull and crossbones on packaging and machinery where it is used. DINP remains in the category below but is under investigation.