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Updated to Q2 2017
Europe’s traditional ethanol market was tight-to-balanced for much of the second quarter. Industrial grade ethanol prices rose in the quarter in northwest Europe as significantly tight supply hit the market after a lengthy force majeure at a synthetic ethanol plant, with Italy an exception to the bullish rule. Prices were also boosted by stronger fuel ethanol values throughout the first quarter and massive demand being placed on European producers.
Beverage-grade ethanol prices in France, Germany and the UK lifted to varying degrees following stable-to-strong demand in the second quarter. Weaker imports amid high demand, especially in the UK, supported prices. Fermentation-based beet ethanol producers were also believed to be optimising towards sugar, rather ethanol, ahead of the end of the EU's sugar regime, which had capped sugar exports.
In the fuel ethanol market, expectations that tight supply in Rotterdam would improve continued to be challenged. A steady climb of fuel ethanol prices through April and May reversed temporarily in early June, then recovering. An arbitrage opened briefly with the US, although a steep backwardation meant it was short-lived. Demand was firm, especially in markets such as France, while consumption may have been slightly dented, temporarily, by the closure of Total's Leuna refinery in Germany, which was struck by a fire in May during a turnaround. Repairs were continuing through June.
The ICIS European ethanol report assesses domestic prices for two grades of ethanol across four countries. These two grades are 96% beverage, which is typically based on molasses, and industrial 99% which can be fermented or produce from ethylene.
The report also discusses the market for 96% rectified neutral (REN) grade which is typically used in the highly seasonal screen wash sector.
The main downstream sectors are reviewed as well. These include: industrial applications, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals and food grades. This provides an overall view fore both buyers and sellers.
Regulatory changes and significant developments in the fuel ethanol market are also covered. The ICIS pricing report is thus a valuable tool for both contract and spot players in the ethanol market.
ICIS collects pricing data on a wide range of chemical, energy and fertilizer products, including Ethanol. Our extensive experience in price reporting means we can offer you access to historical data dating back more than 20 years for certain commodities.
Our time series of pricing data enable you to build and model trends, to get a view of where markets might be heading. The data service includes charting functionality, allowing you to chart and download multiple data series for manipulation in your own internal models. You can also export data to Excel via the ICIS dashboard service.
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