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Updated to Q2 2017
The European oxo-alcohols market continued to see prices increase in Q2, particularly for n-butanol (NBA), on the back of supply tightness from both planned and unplanned shutdowns. This coincided with the traditionally strongest demand period and NBA saw triple-digit rises in April. There were some extremely high prices for NBA heard on the spot market - almost double where prices had been in March - but they continued to be described as opportunistic by most in the market. These higher prices started to attract interest from overseas sellers, and during the second half of the quarter it was evident that fresh volumes were arriving from the Middle East and Asia. Isobutnaol (IBA) and 2-ethylhexanol (2-EH) also saw price rises, though to a lesser extent. Those able to swing between 2-EH and NBA production focused attention on NBA due to better returns. BASF remains in force majeure from its unit in Ludwigshafen, Germany, although there was evidence of some small volumes on offer. The 450,000 tonne/year NBA and 50,000 tonne/year IBA plant is due to return to normal in Q3 following repair work at the upstream pipeline that has been affected since a fire in October 2016.
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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