The ICIS Cumene price report is published weekly in the US, providing pricing information supported by market analysis on production news, economic news, upstream and downstream market developments, all of which support information on the contract prices.
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Updated to Q4 2018
Supply of cumene in the US should remain steady in the fourth quarter. Some planned outages for maintenance are expected, but no disruption to supply levels is anticipated as the outages align with downstream maintenance. Market players will eye values for RGP, which have been persistently in the mid-40s cents/lb.
Demand for cumene should taper somewhat in the fourth quarter as there are some planned outages for maintenance downstream. This could free up cumene for export, although exports have been curtailed on the back of persistently high prices for US RGP. Phenol producers that are not doing maintenance should keep operating rates strong.
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Cumene is the main feedstock for phenol/acetone production and demand is driven by market growth for the derivatives of phenol and acetone such as bis-phenol A, phenolic resins and caprolactam.
Cumene is a colourless liquid, with characteristic sharp, penetrating, gasoline-like odour. It is insoluble in water but soluble in ethyl alcohol, ether and benzene.
Cumene is the main feedstock for phenol/acetone production and nearly all is used in this way. Demand is driven by market growth for the derivatives of phenol such as bisphenol-A (BPA) and phenolic resins.
Other minor uses for cumene are as a thinner for paints, lacquers and enamels, as a constituent of some petroleum-based solvents and as a component of high octane aviation fuel.
Cumene is utilised in the manufacturing of polymerisation catalysts, catalyst for acrylic and polyester type resins, and as a raw material for peroxides and oxidation catalysts.
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