The ICIS Polyols reports are published weekly in Asia, the Middle East, Europe and the US. This independent and unbiased pricing information covers a variety of grades including slabstock, high resilience, conventional and foam depending on the region.
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Polyols: Market overview
Updated to Q3 2017
US prices for polyether polyols are expected to follow a stable-to-soft trend in the third quarter. Participants will be closely following movement in propylene costs to get an idea of the direction of polyol pricing. July propylene prices are anticipated to be at a rollover or an increase, defying earlier expectations of further softening. Sellers may be able to keep pricing flat if propylene costs follow a stable-to-firm trend during the quarter. Demand for downstream polyurethane systems is expected to remain healthy into the third quarter.
Polyols participants in Europe will be keeping an eye on upstream propylene movements. In the first half of 2017, producers looked to regain margins following propylene pressure in the past year.
In Asia, polyols prices will likely trend lower in the third quarter in tandem with an expected decline in China domestic prices of feedstock propylene oxide (PO) in the same period. Polyols demand has been especially weak this year, although demand is expected to see some improvement in August with the onset of the peak demand season.
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Polyols are one of the components used to make polyurethanes, the other being an isocyanate. There are two main types of polyols: polyether polyols and polyester polyols.
Polyether polyols are the most widely used with the main applications being rigid and flexible polyurethane foams. Rigid foams are used mainly in insulation, refrigeration, packaging and construction while flexible foams have applications such as upholstery, mattresses and seats. Polyols can also be used in elastomers, adhesives, coatings and fibres.
Polyester polyols compete with polyether polyols but may be preferred in some rigid foam applications because of their low cost and improved flame retardant properties. They can also provide improved wear resistance, heat aging and chemical resistance in elastomers, coatings, sealants and adhesives.