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Updated to Q1 2017
Europe’s traditional ethanol prices were a mixed bag in the first quarter of 2017, reflecting a potential crossroads reached by the market after a significant period of decreases. Europe remained a low-priced region and was seen as a fairly unattractive destination for imports.
Tighter availability for beverage grade was described at the tail end of 2016 and early in 2017, potentially grain-based alcohol of a vodka quality. Small increases were seen in some cases for 96% beverage grade in France and Germany, with stable pricing in others.
In the 99% industrial grade first-quarter contract prices, there were mostly a mixture of rollovers and decreases. Slight increases noted appeared to be in the minority.
Factors influencing the market during the negotiations for the first quarter of 2017 included lower crop yields for sugar beet and grains, plus production issues at some of Cargill’s factories at the end of 2016. The agricultural group said at the time that it was resolving these issues.
Midway through the quarter, industrial ethanol supplies in Europe were impacted by a force majeure declared by INEOS at one of its two synthetic ethanol plants in the region.
Production at the ethanol plant at the Grangemouth complex in Scotland, UK, was struck by a technical issue in early February.
Lower quality industrial ethanol of the 96% grade known as ‘REN’, often used for car screenwash, was in tighter supply, linked to demand for that sector returning to levels not seen for several years following a number of mild winters.
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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