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Updated to Q1 2017
Spot phenol prices into China, Asia’s largest market, witnessed significant volatility in the first quarter of 2017. The upsurge in raw material benzene prices propelled phenol to around $1,135/tonne CFR China by mid-February, the highest since December 2014, before the sharp benzene price correction sparked an equally drastic phenol price slump. Spot phenol prices sank to $1,000/tonne CFR China by early March. As the OPEC output cut-induced rally in crude oil prices faltered, the post-Lunar New Year holiday build in Chinese phenol makers’ inventories and the high volume of deep-sea imports sold for arrival in the first quarter compounded the downward pressure on the China phenol market. Taiwan’s Formosa Chemicals & Fibre Corp (FCFC) and Thailand’s PTT Phenol shut down their phenol/acetone plants on 1 March for scheduled maintenance. However, the turnarounds, alongside below-capacity phenol output in Singapore and ongoing phenol plant troubles in South Korea, failed to provide a floor for domestic phenol prices in China and India, which slumped alongside the benzene market sell-off.
The ICIS Asian phenol report provides cost & freight (CFR) China, southeast Asia (SE Asia) and India assessments that are closely followed by market players.
Confirmed deals and buy-sell ideas that support our assessments are provided in full in the report.
We have coverage of upstream benzene and propylene prices and downstream markets to give our readers an overall sense of the phenol market.
ICIS also tracks the operating status of plants in Asia, which shows the supply-side of the market.
Understanding the CFR China spot bunker is complex because of a huge variety of anti-dumping duties that have been levied by the Chinese government.
In order to provide greater clarity for our subscribers, ICIS provides a normalised CFR China quote based on the seasonal percent of the anti-dumping duty and a 5.5% import duty. This has been welcomed by our subscribers as a valuable alternative to the existing benchmark CFR China quote.
Information from producers, traders and buyers of phenol is gathered, analysed and cross-checked to ensure it is accurate and can be used as an impartial and accepted reference for business.
The ICIS report is the dominant weekly benchmark for the Asian phenol industry. It is considered an indispensable and reliable source of information essential for daily business needs.
ICIS collects pricing data on a wide range of chemical, energy and fertilizer products, including Phenol. Our extensive experience in price reporting means we can offer you access to historical data dating back more than 20 years for certain commodities.
Our time series of pricing data enables you to build and model trends, to get a view of where markets might be heading. The data service includes charting functionality, allowing you to chart and download multiple data series for manipulation in your own internal models. You can also export data to Excel via the ICIS dashboard service.
ICIS price assessments are based on information gathered from a wide cross-section of the market, comprising consumers, producers, traders and distributors from more than 250 reporters world-wide. Confirmed deals, verified by both buyer and seller, provide the foundation of our price assessments.
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