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Updated to Q1 2017
Since the end of 2016, there has been a marked change in the dynamics of the European vinyl acetate monomer (VAM) market. It has become noticeably tighter, as a turnaround season looms in the not-too-distant future and producers prepare for a period of shutdowns that will limit the volume of material available to the market. That effect has been seen right from the beginning of this year, but has gathered momentum in March. Other regions have also experienced a tighter balance, making a contributory impact on a European market heavily reliant on imports.
Higher upstream raw material costs, both ethylene and acetic acid, have also played a part in pushing prices higher. Prices began to rise, tentatively, in January, continued in February and then gathered pace in the first half of March. Part of the upward trend may have been masked at first because EU authorities suspended the 5.5% import duty from 1 January, thus providing margin relief to producers before any price increase needed to be implemented. Spot values have led the way, closing the gap with contract numbers, and spot prices rose by €70-105/tonne between 6 January and 10 March.
ICIS reports on vinyl acetate monomer (VAM) in Europe, US and Asia.
In Europe, the report consists of a quarterly contract price and a spot price. Both are quoted on a free delivered (FD) basis in northwest Europe (NWE) and prices are reported in euro per metric tonne.
The contract price is on a quarterly basis and in this market is settled notoriously late at the end of the quarter.
Spot prices reflect business for delivery four weeks forward.
Our report tracks the reasons for price changes in that given week.
Comments on contract talks, spot business, supply and demand issues as well as any pertinent news on imports or production that could be affecting the market.
Succinct updates are also provided for the upstream markets.
Europe is largely dependent on imported material.
The ICIS VAM report is a highly respected and key negotiating source of market information for this industry.
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