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Polyols Europe Transcript
The European Polyols report, the official range is a monthly one, it’s on a free delivered North West European basis. It covered both the slab stock conventional flexible Polyol and also the sucrose based rigid Polyol.
The ICIS report covers a unique insight into the latter, which is a fragmented and small market which is not very liquid.
The main downstream sectors are covered, the automotive and construction sector and also the bedding and furniture sectors.
The ICIS report provides valuable interest for both buyers and sellers alike. It also includes pricing and market information on flexible Polyols in the Middle East and Africa region.
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Updated to Q4 2016
The short toluene di- isocyanate (TDI) market acted as a severe bottleneck to polyol sales in the fourth quarter of 2016. One part TDI is combined with two parts flexible polyols to produce flex foam, used in furniture, upholstery and automotive seating.
Players have only been willing to buy polyols in equivalent quantities to what they can obtain of TDI. Otherwise, they face storage costs for excess polyols volumes. This has led to multiple price rollovers in the fourth quarter, with supply abundant and suppliers desperate to move on volumes.
November saw a small hike as feedstock, propylene, continued to rise in price. Suppliers made it clear that this was not enough to cover their lost margins, however.
In December, Covestro declared force majeure in Europe and other regions on polyols, because of problems with the supply of feedstock propylene oxide. It is not believed that this will impact the December contract, as low seasonal demand counters any upwards price pressure.
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