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Updated to Q4 2016
European oxo-alcohol producers proposed price increases in October on the back of upstream propylene hikes, aiming for plus €35/tonne for 2-ethylhexanol (2EH) and around plus €20/tonne for n-butanol (NBA) and isobutanol (IBA). There was some success in 2EH at plus $15-20/tonne and €5-10/tonne for NBA and IBA. On 17 October, a fire at the harbour at BASF's Ludwigshafen complex in Germany saw the crackers temporarily shut down. Consequently, derivative sites felt the impact, and force majeure was declared on 20 October for NBA and IBA. The nameplate capacities are 450,000 tonnes/year and 50,000 tonnes/year respectively. By the time November negotiations started, supply constraints were felt on the market and higher prices came into play. Prices were assessed up some €30-40/tonne for NBA and IBA. 2EH was considered balanced to long and rolled over. Moving into December, force majeure remained in place and there were reports that BASF's pipeline, damaged in the incident, was unlikely to be fully operational until June or July 2017, though it was unclear how this would impact oxo-alcohols. Attention turned to the propylene settlement, which was €30/tonne lower, but with stronger than usual December demand and ongoing supply issues, NBA and IBA prices looked set to firm further. 2EH was balanced and held steady.
The European ICIS oxo-alcohols report follows isobutanol (IBA), normal butanol (NBA), 2-ethyl-hexanol (2-EH) and plasticizer pricing on a weekly basis.
The report contains two main plasticizers, dioctyl phthalate (DOP) and di-isononyl phthalate (DINP). As well as a delivered price for distribution within Europe, it includes free-on-board (FOB) prices for export.
Movement in upstream markets such as crude oil, propylene, phthalic anyhdride (PA) and orthoxylene (OX) are important in the oxo-alcohol markets.
Contract settlements and discussions are always included in the report.
As the market is a global one, the European report also tracks movement in Asian markets.
European availability is tight, and some sources attribute this as an advantage in the Chinese market, which has soaked up volumes that might otherwise have been available for Europe.
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