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Updated to Q4 2016
Key purified terephthalic acid (PTA) plants continued operating their lines at optimum capacity to feed demand from downstream polyester units. Polyester demand has been unseasonally high, sources said, as polyester producers were still running hard to catch up on orders by end-consumers. The G20 shutdowns had impacted production previously and polyester producers were still fulfilling orders even into December.
China's Huabin has started a turnaround at its 1.4m tonne/year PTA line, and is targeting to restart the line some time in the second quarter. This is expected to tip the PTA market towards oversupply in 2017 from a currently balanced market.
Margins continued to remain stable at the $70-80/tonne level, still below the $90-110/tonne level that producers typically target. Demand is expected to drop from the second half of December as the year end nears and key market China starts to prepare for the Lunar New Year holidays in end January 2017.
Updated to Q3 2016
In July, Chinese purified terephthalic acid (PTA) prices were weighed down by dipping upstream energy values in the crude and feedstock paraxylene (PX) chain. Prices were assessed as lower in August, tracking falls in upstream energy values, as well as bearish demand in the stock market. Buying sentiment was subdued, as downstream end-users began the shutdowns of polyester units because of the G20 conference. In September, PTA prices were overall assessed as lower, on bearish demand for spot cargoes as end-users postponed buying activities due to the upcoming week-long National Day celebrations in China.
Asia Terephthalic Acid Pricing Report
The ICIS Asia Purified Terephthalic Acid (PTA) pricing report publishes daily and weekly price assessments, market news and analyses for the Asia PTA market. Whether you are a buyer, trader or seller, our pricing information gives you access to time-sensitive deals, offers/bids and price movements. Historical pricing data is also available.
- DEL contract prices for China and Taiwan
- CFR China contract prices
- FOB Asia for formula-based spot prices
- CFR spot prices for India and China Main Ports
- Ex-Warehouse China spot prices
- FOB Northeast Asia Main Ports export spot prices
The report also covers information on downstream polyester industry and an evaluation of the impact of PTA futures are also included, along with a detailed analysis of spot trading activities taken place in China – the most influential PTA market in the region.
Global terephthalic acid (PTA) supply and demand database
ICIS’ online database provides a single, highly searchable source of detailed historical data as far back as 1978 and forecast data up until 2030 for terephthalic acid around the globe. The service combines fully reconciled supply/demand, trade, capacity and ownership data to give you multiple views of the market from a global, regional or country specific perspective.
ICIS collects pricing data on a wide range of chemical, energy and fertilizer products, including Terephthalic acid. Our extensive experience in price reporting means we can offer you access to historical data dating back more than 20 years for certain commodities.
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