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Updated to Q2 2021
As of early Q2 the benzene market was unusually tight. The region is expected to remain a significant importer of benzene in Q2 2021, and imports should improve in the coming months although derivative demand in the US and other regions could limit inflows in the near term. With around 1m tonnes of new capacity due onstream in China this year there are some expectations of better balanced global markets. Meanwhile, weak production economics are expected to continue to limit benzene output from aromatics units in Q2.
Demand for benzene in Q2 2021 is expected to remain strong, with a healthy outlook into the construction sector, supported by government stimulus spending. Automotive demand is expected to continue to face some headwinds as a result of coronavirus-related restrictions. Packaging industries, meanwhile, are expected to see some improvement in demand from the renewed lockdowns, as reduced mobility increases demand for packaged home deliveries.
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Benzene is used primarily as a raw material in the synthesis of styrene (polystyrene plastics and synthetic rubber).
The European benzene report is a weekly report that’s published every Friday and is a mixture of spot numbers, so we look at the current month as well as the forward month. We also report the monthly contract price.
It’s a key chemical market that goes into different applications. We speak to buyers, sellers, traders everyone that’s involved really, to get a complete picture of what’s happening in the market.
But it’s not just prices, we also try and gauge sentiment and what’s pulling the market one way or another at any given time. So it could be volatility with crude prices or even the wider economic factors that are happening at the time.
Also we have to look at the different regions, because it’s very much a global market, so we try and see if the material is being pulled in one region or its leaving another.
If you require a daily benzene price we also produce a daily Aromatics report for Europe which provides you with in-depth pricing information, news and analysis, including a view of benzene prices to keep you informed of the factors and developments affecting the European marketplace on a day-to-day basis.
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