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Updated to Q3 2020
Average operating rates at acetic acid plants in China ranged between 71-89% in Q3, up from 52-65% in Q2. However, cargo availability for exports tightened at the end of the quarter due to planned and unplanned shutdowns at Shanghai Huayi and Jiangsu Sopo Chemicals, which are both export-oriented. In late September, Celanese shut its Singapore plant for an unspecified duration due to feedstock supply issues.
Demand revived towards the end of Q3 on restocking activity in India and southeast Asia as economies reopened, an improved performance from derivatives etac and butac and higher plant utilisation rates for downstream VAM. However, demand in Japan was subdued due to a largely balanced market following the completion of a plant turnaround at Daicel Corporation in late June.
The market tightened during Q3. This was partly because of some unforeseen constraints in supply in Texas, as producers took steps to protect their facilities against the expected onslaught of Hurricane Laura in August. Although the hurricane missed these plants and was then downgraded to tropical storm status, operations were affected and it took some time for them to return to normal.
Increased tightness also contributed to improved demand in Q3. The market had not suffered excessively from the coronavirus crisis in Q2 and some applications had actually enjoyed enhanced consumption. But the gathering pace of the broader economic recovery benefited the industry during the summer and some suppliers noted that they did not even encounter the customary holiday slowdown in August.
US acetic acid was seen as readily available for export throughout Q3, as weakened demand and steady domestic production rates persisted during the prolonged coronavirus pandemic in the west. Overall market activity remained slow with movement in spot methanol a potential offset to supplies.
Consumption of US acetic acid has remained more muted since the crude oil crash and widespread lockdowns from the coronavirus pandemic. While some pockets of demand persisted, for things like cleaning agents, the product’s usage in the energy sector took a bigger hit. Stronger feedstock pricing in methanol have helped to boost acetic acid costs and pricing while exports continue to remain low year on year.
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Acetic acid, a clear colourless liquid with a pungent odour, is used as a chemical intermediate and solvent with widespread applications throughout industry.
Acetic acid is a clear, colourless, mobile liquid with a pungent odour and acidic taste. It is miscible in water and most organic solvents but insoluble in mineral oils and carbon disulphide.
Acetic acid is used as a chemical intermediate and solvent with widespread applications throughout industry. The largest outlet is vinyl acetate monomer (VAM), which is used in paints, adhesives, textiles, paper, films and chewing gum. Many VAM plants are integrated with acetic acid facilities.
The production of purified terephthalic acid (PTA) is the second largest outlet consuming 18% of acetic acid production.
There are many other applications from fragrances to foodstuffs and dyes to detergents.
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