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Updated to Q1 2019
Acetone supply in Q1 is expected to be ample, after plants in China restart after maintenance. Though there were turnarounds expected outside of China, supply is estimated to be ample based on the Q1 demand. Availability was also likely to extend out of Asia, from the Middle East and Europe.
Acetone demand in Q1 is likely to be subdued in the lead-up to Lunar New Year in early February. Although some restocking activities are likely in February after the festivities, the recent volatile price movements in the upstream benzene and propylene markets were likely to keep players on the sidelines.
There should be increased Europe acetone availability in the first quarter as Swiss-headquartered seller INEOS Phenol lifted its acetone force majeure on Gladbeck and Antwerp in December. It originally declared the force majeure in October on the 405,000 tonne/year Gladbeck and 500,000 tonne/year Antwerp plants. European acetone supply will also depend on co-product phenol demand.
European acetone consumption could receive a slight boost on re-stocking in January following de-stocking at the end of 2018. Participants will also keep an eye on run rates at downstream methyl methacrylate (MMA) seller Evonik’s plants. The German producer ran its 225,000 tonne/year Worms and 95,000 tonne/year Wesseling plants at reduced rates in late 2018.
US acetone supply is expected to remain long at least through the first quarter of 2019, if not beyond. Market sentiment is that producers may cut back their rates somewhat after acetone losses mounted throughout 2018 to help ease acetone length, despite continued strong demand for co-product phenol.
US acetone demand is expected to pick up in the first quarter of 2019 as major downstream methyl methacrylate (MMA) producers have returned from planned turnarounds. Another major MMA producer postponed its planned maintenance until March, which will impact demand at the end of the quarter. Economic uncertainty clouds demand outlook.
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The main use of acetone, accounting for over a quarter of total consumption, is in the manufacture of acetone cyanohydrin, a feedstock for methyl methacrylate (MMA). The other major and fast growing derivative is bisphenol-A (BPA).
Acetone is a clear, water-white volatile liquid, slightly hygroscopic with a mild, mint-like fragrant odour. It is highly flammable, miscible in all proportions in water, ethyl alcohol, ether and will react explosively with strong oxidising agents.
The largest outlet for acetone is the manufacture of acetone cyanohydrin (ACH), which is a precursor to methyl methacrylate (MMA) and methacrylic acid.
An important derivative of MMA is polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA).
Applications for PMMA include windows, skylights, signs, lighting fixtures, automotive parts, medical devices and appliances. A growing sector is in electronic applications where it is used in flat screen televisions and liquid crystal displays.
Methacrylates are also used in latex surface coatings in applications such as architectural, automotive, wood furniture, lacquers and enamels.
Nearly all MMA is polymerised to make homopolymers and copolymers.
The second largest use for acetone is the manufacture of bisphenol-A (BPA), whose growth is driven by the polycarbonate sector.
Acetone is used to make a number of chemical derivatives such as methyl isobutyl ketone (MIBK), isophorone and diacetone alcohol/hexylene glycol.
Nearly all acetone production is via the cumene route where 0.62 tonnes of acetone is produced with each tonne of phenol. As a co-product to phenol, acetone availability is dependent on market conditions for phenol.
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