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We offer the following regional Polyols coverage to keep you informed of factors and developments affecting prices in the Middle East Polyols marketplace.
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Updated to Q3 2017
Spot flexible polyether polyols prices in the Middle East, including the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) area, were firmer through Q3 2017, as producers raised prices to pass on to end-users the costs of sharp increases in prices of feedstock propylene oxide (PO), particularly in Asia. Polyols production has encountered some slowdowns due to the firm prices of PO. Some Asian suppliers were heard to be running into issues securing sufficient feedstocks but other producers have stepped into the breach. Average import prices of 10-13% polymer polyols (POP) traded up to highs of $1,875/tonne CFR Middle East in late-August, their highest on record based on ICIS data. Conventional grade polyether polyols import prices tracked the moves in POP, peaking at $1,825/tonne CFR Middle East in late-August, their highest since April 2015. Rigid polyols prices remained largely stable through much of Q3 but also tracked the broader move higher due to the firm PO prices, peaking at $1,575/tonne CFR Middle East in late-August.
Demand has been largely stable through Q3 while the firm prices of feedstock PO remained a concern. The rising prices of PU co-component isocyanates have also dampened demand for polyether polyols, as end-users have held back from making large orders for polyols, while isocyanates have remained in short supply and as prices hit record highs.
Middle East polyols price report – ICIS publishes spot prices for the two most commonly traded grades of polyols in the Middle East markets – conventional flexible slabstocks and base rigid polyols. Polyols are a primary polyurethanes (PU) component.
Prices are assessed in CFR for the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and the East Mediterranean (East Med) regions. Countries covered in the GCC assessments are Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Iran, Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman and Qatar. For East Med, the countries included are Jordan, Syria, Lebanon and Israel.
The report is published on a weekly basis and gives informed commentary on feedstock prices and trade movements, keeping you up to date with the latest trends and developments to support your business transactions today.
Global Supply and Demand (S&D) database – ICIS gives you an expert view of supply, demand, capacity, trade and production ownership data for the regional and global polyols markets. The database service enables you to search, shape and export data, giving you the insight you need to plan ahead with accuracy. Historical data from 1978 and forecast data up to 2030 is available.
ICIS collects pricing data on a wide range of chemical, energy and fertilizer products, including Polyols. 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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Over 25 years of reporting on key chemicals markets, including Polyols, has brought global recognition of our methodology as being unbiased, authoritative and rigorous in preserving our editorial integrity. Our global network of reporters in Houston, London, Singapore, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Mumbai, Perth and Moscow ensures unrivalled coverage of established and emerging markets.