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Updated to Q1 2017
The European oxo-alcohol markets saw prices rise through the first quarter on the back of ongoing cost pressure from upstream propylene and ongoing and fresh production issues in Europe. Early in the quarter additional pressure was seen from low water levels on the River Rhine, which had a knock-on effect on logistics in the area. Demand also began the year at a much healthier level than many had predicted.
Targets were set for nbutanol (NBA), isobtuanol (IBA) and 2-ethyl hexanol (2EH) each month, and most of these were implemented on the back of further rises in feedstock propylene and supply limitations. As well as the ongoing force majeure from BASF’s Ludwigshafen unit, on 17 February, Group Azoty ZAK declared force majeure from its site in Poland due to issues at an upstream unit. Both remained in place into March. Product was described as tight for all three products and prices rose further. By mid-March, prices were pegged around €980-1,020/tonne FD NWE for NBA, €750-780/tonne FD NWE for IBA and either side of €1,100/tonne FD NWE for 2EH.
In industry news, INEOS Oxide acquired Arkema’s share of their joint venture in an oxo-aclohols unit in Lavera, France on March 1.
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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