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Updated to Q1 2018
Vinyl chloride monomer (VCM) supply in Asia was seen as inversely proportional to its spot price, which rose USD$100/tonne through Q1. A large portion of this increase was attributed to a $60/tonne spike in key derivative polyvinyl chloride (PVC) prices in Asia in mid-February. VCM supply in the region was shorter than usual with several plants in Japan and southeast Asia shut for scheduled maintenance for most of Q1.
Demand for vinyl chloride monomer (VCM) was largely healthy for most of Q1 amid positive market sentiment for key derivative PVC for April. However, that sentiment began to sour in early March, when the outlook for PVC turned cloudy following sharp declines in Chinese domestic PVC prices and on the Dalian PVC futures exchange. This triggered a decline in VCM spot prices at the tail end of Q1, which was not arrested even when marginally higher offers for April PVC from a key Asian producer were announced in late March.
Updated to Q1 2018
European vinyl chloride monomer (VCM) supply remained mostly constant in Q1 compared to the previous quarter. There were some logistical disruptions with polyvinyl chloride (PVC) feedstocks like VCM between January and February, including high water levels on the River Rhine which made shipping more difficult, and freezing weather in Germany and the UK which reduced operations at PVC and PVC feedstock plants. However, with the majority of capacity integrated into European PVC production, this only had a limited impact on the availability of VCM.
European vinyl chloride monomer (VCM) demand was mostly stable in Q1 compared to the previous quarter. Demand was relatively weak for principle downstream product polyvinyl chloride (PVC), because of cold winter weather in January and February. There is typically very little activity in the European VCM market because the majority of production is integrated into downstream PVC production.
Updated to Q1 2018
Q1 supply of vinyl chloride monomer (VCM) tightened on plant outages during severe freezing weather in the US Gulf in January. Most US VCM is used internally by integrated producers of polyvinyl chloride (PVC), and supply is opaque.
Demand for vinyl chloride monomer (VCM) moves with demand for polyvinyl chloride (PVC). Q1 is usually the weakest period for demand and prices softened slightly on March softness in PVC prices.
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