ICIS' coverage of the Ethanol market is published weekly in Asia, Europe, Latin America. Price assessments cover anhydrous and hydrous grades in some regions, beverage and industrial grades in others.
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Ethanol: Market overview
Updated to Q3 2017
US fuel ethanol prices are poised to trend lower in the third quarter, pressured lower by sliding gasoline and corn futures. Domestic producers are aiming to boost exports to Mexico, after the country announced plans to allow a 10% blend in its gasoline pool, outside of the major cities.
Europe’s traditional ethanol market could move in two ways in the third quarter. The industry could undergo significant tightness as fermentation-based ethanol suppliers’ stocks dwindle before the next harvest, while upcoming changes in EU sugar rules have prompted some producers to reduce ethanol output in favour of sugar. On the other hand, traders may use the tightness to revive imports from Pakistan and Guatemala.
The fuel ethanol market’s unpredictability is likely to continue. It is facing the same restrictions on supply because beet producers favour sugar. Demand should be bullish given the summer driving season, which boosts gasoline consumption and therefore bioethanol use.
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Ethanol is a colourless, flammable volatile liquid, with characteristic odour and burning taste. It is miscible with water, ether, acetone, benzene and a wide range of organic products. Ethanol vapour mixes well with air, and explosive mixtures are easily formed.
The two major outlets for industrial ethanol are as a solvent and in chemical synthesis.
Ethanol is used as a chemical intermediate for the manufacture of ethyl acetate, ethyl acrylate, acetic acid, glycol ethers and ethylamines as well as other products. It is also used as an additive to food and beverages.
A large outlet for ethanol is as a fuel, oxygenate additive to gasoline and a gasoline extender.
In addition, ethanol can be used in perfume due to its light odour and quick evaporation.