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Propylene oxide: Market overview
Updated to Q4 2017
Supply will likely increase in Q4 as most Chinese plants are expected to resume high operating rates after the environmental inspections had ended in H1 September. Jishen Chemical is expected to ramp up its plant production to full in October while Jinling Huntsman had ramped up its plant to full production in late-September.
Demand is expected to improve slightly in the first half of Q4 due to the peak demand season in September and October every year. However, the pick up in demand is unlikely to be too significant as other feedstock TDI and PMDI prices are expected to remain at high levels.
The European PO market is expected to remain largely balanced during the fourth quarter, provided that there are not any unplanned production issues. However, one producer talked of a possibly balanced-to-tight market, because of robust demand from the downstream polyols sector and the expected seasonal pull from the downstream de-icer sector.
European PO demand is likely to hold up relatively well during the fourth quarter, particularly with the expected seasonal pull from derivative mono propylene glycol (MPG) into the downstream de-icer sector
PO supply is likely to tighten as demand increases on concerns about availability because of production issues after hurricane Harvey. In the US, there are four major producers of propylene oxide (PO), with the bulk of production being captive, and, as a result, minimal market information is available.
Demand for PO and downstream polyols is rising in early October, on industry participants’ concerns about securing inventories in the aftermath of hurricane Harvey. However, the increase in demand may moderate as plants regularise production.
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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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