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 Q1 2017
Price direction for US fuel ethanol prices in Q1 2017 remains unclear, as market players are waiting for more clarity around energy policy from the incoming Trump administration though sources said the outlook could be bearish, as there are broad expectations the new administration will alter existing EPA regulations, which could hurt demand. In Brazil, the end of PIS/Cofins tax exemption on ethanol will make the biofuel less attractive for mills and motorists, and prompt Brazil to produce and export more sugar while importing more gasoline. In Asia, increased competition from Brazil may keep import prices supported. But record US corn production may also keep gains in check. For hydrous ethanol, while Brazil production may fall, Pakistan shipments may rise in the first and second quarters of 2017. Demand from northeast Asian buyers are expected to remain healthy with producers in Vietnam and Australia also seen as alternative sources of cargoes.
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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.