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Updated to Q1 2019
A northeast Asian producer planned a turnaround at its plants in February, while another southeast Asia plant may have a turnaround in end Q1/early Q2. The operation rates in China might be curtailed due to winter and Lunar New Year.
Some replenishing activities may occur following buyers’ destocking activities in end of Q4 2018. However, market activities are expected to slow down as Lunar New Year, widely celebrated in Asia, approaches in early February. Some end-users may shut their production during the holiday.
Supply is well balanced in the market, with producers managing output towards the end of 2018. Players will continue to closely monitor water levels on the river Rhine, with some issues remaining for BASF linked to this.
There is traditionally an uptick in demand in the first quarter, as players replenish stocks. There remain uncertainties over the economy, and this could impact growth in 2019. Players may use the first quarter as an opportunity to build stock, before the upstream maintenances in spring.
US acrylic acid supply is expected to be steady during the first quarter of 2019. Some US customers said late in 2018 that producers were seeking out new buyers in an effort to move more volume. Lower-priced December propylene may heighten early-year acrylic acid production.
While some pent-up US acrylic acid demand is likely from hurricanes and California wildfire damage in 2018, an early projection predicts only a moderate increase in 2019 volume versus the previous year. Forecasts of a broadly milder winter this year, however, may strengthen demand as the paint-blending season gets underway in the first quarter.
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Acrylic Acid and Acrylate Esters in Europe are covered under separate entries. These products are combined in the regional reports published in Asia and the United States. Please see separate entries for information on the European market.
Acrylate esters are colourless liquids with acrid odours, and are traded as technical grade (99% purity). Methyl acrylate and ethyl acrylate are toxic enough to require a hazardous shipping label, while butyl acrylate and 2-ethylhexyl acrylate (2EHA) are considered safe.
Acrylate esters are used in the manufacture of surface coatings/paints and resins, adhesives and plastics, dispersions and in some cases paper.
They are readily polymerised if exposed in water, to form a latex (a dispersion of solid particles in water) such as latex paints.
An associated product is methyl methacrylate. Acrylate esters are made from the reaction of an alcohol to an acid such as acrylic acid. This process is called esterification.
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