ICIS has a network of locally based reporters providing coverage of regional Acetone markets.
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Updated to Q4 2018
US acetone supply continued to be long in the fourth quarter of 2018. A major US producer completed a planned turnaround during the period, but length continued as demand began to wane on seasonal factors. Imports priced well under the domestic market added to the supply glut as material was long in all regions. Supply length put downward pressure on prices in small-buyer truck and rail markets due to competition from imports.
US acetone demand started strong in the fourth quarter of 2018 but waned as seasonal factors took hold and year-end de-stocking occurred. As through most of the year, supply outstripped demand. Imports became increasingly competitive in the quarter as prices continued to drop in Asia, pushing acetone into the mid-20s cents/lb for imports. The spread between domestic material and imports narrowed on falling costs, but remained significant enough for buyers to look to imports where contracts allowed.
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