ICIS has a network of locally based reporters providing coverage of regional Benzene markets. They provide not just pricing information, but an in-depth understanding of the factors driving prices and market fluctuations.
Updated to Q4 2020
Supplies remain lengthy going into Q4. Imports from key Asia markets could balance supply deficits in the US as the economy recovers despite the arbitrage window intermittently closing during much of Q3. Turnarounds are expected to finish in late October, but low refinery operating rates will not add substantially to supply levels. On-purpose production from TDP units remains uneconomical, further squeezing benzene supplies.
Demand looks to rise into Q4 amid the US economic recovery, but market players remain alert amid continuing coronavirus infections. Demand for derivatives styrene and PS, though, remains sustainable, particularly as spreads with styrene will stay attractive for the remainder of the year.
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Benzene is used primarily as a raw material in the synthesis of styrene (polystyrene plastics and synthetic rubber).
Benzene is a major chemical feedstock used to produce a number of other petrochemicals such as ethyl benzene (EB), styrene and solvents such as cumene, phenol and acetone.
The main sources of benzene are from the steam cracking or catalytic reforming of liquid petroleum feedstocks, primarily naphtha with benzene recovered from the aromatic stream.
Although benzene is mainly sourced from naphtha, crude and gasoline futures on NYMEX futures are also shown to be a key driver in the market at times.
Another factor that can influence the market is weather, especially in the summer. Much of the North American benzene production is concentrated in the US Gulf (USG), which is always vulnerable to hurricanes.
The ICIS US Gulf benzene report is used by some majors as a benchmark in the aromatics and petrochemicals sector. This is important because many companies trust ICIS and how we assess the market.
We publish a single contract number and we publish spot prices. That can affect the entire outlook for a month or quarter, or an entire year. The US Gulf report includes contract and weekly spot prices on a free-on-board (FOB) basis.
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