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Updated to Q3 2021
Supply is expected to continue to improve as most ongoing and planned cracker maintenances and upstream disruptions are expected to be resolved in July, and as refinery output is forecast to climb as travel-related demand for gasoline grows. In the near term, however, low inventory levels in China could maintain pressure on Europe’s imports. New supply and derivative units due to come on stream in Asia in H2 2021-H1 2022 should improve the global supply-demand balance.
While known benzene derivative turnarounds in Europe in June and early Q3 are limited, overall demand is expected to be healthy. Styrene unit operating rates could increase on better production economics, but styrene imports from the US may also normalise. However, the ongoing shortage of semiconductors could also limit some demand into the automotive and appliance industries in downstream markets. Global logistics issues may also continue to impact benzene and its derivatives.
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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.
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