Ethanolamines price reports are published weekly in Asia and Europe at ICIS.
Information is gathered by our locally based reporters and unbiased price assessments are published for the three main grades of ethanolamines; mono, di and tri. The news and market analysis cover influencing factors such as regional activity, production issues, both planned and unplanned, and upstream movements. The up-to-date market information helps support your commercial decision-making.
Updated to Q3 2020
The unexpected plant shutdown by a major Chinese producer in mid-July saw a slight shortage in the country, especially for DEA, which is used in the downstream construction sector as cement aid. China saw an increase in supply again when the domestic supplier was back on line several weeks later. Several international producers in the Middle East and Asia also saw reduced production on tepid demand during this period.
China saw recovering demand in Q3 as the government provided aid in a bid to boost its local economy. In India, which was badly battered by the pandemic, the local market was struggling to see an overall recovery in demand, although there were small pockets of demand for MEA for end-use in the pharmaceutical and detergents sectors. In southeast Asia, the market was at best subdued.
Q3 saw some supply length return as imports arrived and local producers tweaked operating rates to match demand. Sintez moved a planned turnaround in April/May to July, but this had no impact. Some producers looked to move DEA out of Europe to balance production. Importers took a prudent approach in light of uncertain demand. TEA and MEA were largely balanced.
Demand was better than expected in some downstream sectors in Q3 as the summer slowdown was less pronounced. However, many end-uses were under pressure and big buyers sometimes struggled to take full contract volumes. TEA 85% saw an uptick in volumes as construction activity grew. MEA and TEA 99% saw less offtake into detergents and esterquats as restaurants and hotels bought fewer products compared with a normal tourist season.
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Ethanolamines including monoethanolamine (MEA), diethanolamine (DEA) and triethanolamine 99% (TEA) find a variety of applications across several sectors of the industry.
There are three main ethanolamines: monoethanolamine (MEA), diethanolamine (DEA) and triethanolamine (TEA). They are produced by the reaction of ethylene oxide with ammonia with the product mix varying from an MEA content of about 70% to a TEA content of about 50% and any combination in between.
MEA’s main use is in the manufacture of ethylene amines and imines, personal care products and detergents, and wood treatment. Applications for DEA include herbicides, detergents and personal care products and treatment of acid gases in refineries. A large portion of TEA goes into detergents and personal care products, engineering and metal working applications and concrete manufacture.
Ethanolamines are colourless liquids which can be hazardous in high concentrations.