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Updated to Q3 2018
The Europe acetone market has been lengthy in much of 2018, partly due to low consumption alongside strong co-product phenol demand. Although there was planned maintenance at French seller Novapex’s Peage plant in July and August, these well-supplied conditions were persistent throughout the third quarter. Material was exported partially to reduce this ample availability in the market with spot pricing slumping as well. Well-supplied conditions were also attributed by some sources to global structural oversupply.
European acetone consumption was initially limited by production issues and planned maintenance in the downstream methyl methacrylate (MMA) market. Lucite International, for instance, declared and lifted a force majeure at its Cassel, UK site in the middle of the year. When these outages finished, acetone demand failed to pick up substantially and was persistently low throughout most of the third quarter. In September order book volumes rose, which is typical for that time of year partially as summer vacations finish.
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