ICIS publishes our reliable and trustworthy propylene oxide report in Asia, Europe and the US on a weekly basis. Independent and unbiased pricing assessments are quoted for spot and contract, depending on the region. Our locally-based reporters gather market intelligence to compile commentary to include insight into demand and supply movements, upstream and downstream trends, trade and production data and any other key influencing factors that may impact prices in the market at the time.
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Propylene oxide: Market overview
Updated to Q3 2017
In the US, there are four major producers of propylene oxide (PO), with the bulk of production being captive, typically for integrated downstream operations. The ICIS monthly contract assessment is a calculation based on the price of feedstock propylene. Sources noted production issues with LyondellBassell’s PO in June, but it remained unclear when production would return to normal levels.
In Asia, domestic PO prices in China inched down in June 2017 on sustained weak demand from the polyols sector. Prices could see further declines, as PO supply is expected to lengthen with the start-up of Jinling Huntsman’s new PO plant in Nanjing, eastern China, in end-June.
European PO supply is expected to ease following the completion of LyondellBasells’s maintenance shutdown at its Botlek site in the Netherlands. Contract pricing for the third quarter will depend on upstream propylene contract pricing, as the majority of European PO contracts are formula-based. Participants are monitoring progress on Sadara, the new Dow/Saudi Aramco PO joint venture in the Middle East.
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Propylene Oxide Methodology
About Propylene oxide
Propylene oxide (PO) is a very volatile, colourless, flammable liquid with a characteristic ether-like odour. PO reacts violently with chlorine, ammonia, strong oxidants and acids causing fire and explosion hazards.
Propylene oxide is a highly reactive chemical used as an intermediate for the production of numerous commercial materials. The largest derivative of PO is polyether polyols, one of the main components used in the manufacture of polyurethanes. Propylene glycol (PG) is the second largest PO derivative.
Propylene oxide is made traditionally by chlorohydrin or epoxidation routes. The propylene oxide/styrene monomer (PO/SM) epoxidation process had been gaining in popularity due to its superior economics. However, new PO technologies that do not made coproducts have now been commercialised.
General downstream PO sectors include bedding and furniture; construction and automotive.
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