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 Q1 2021
It was an eventful Q1 amid force majeures in the US due to the Texas power outages, which further tightened the world’s supply of ethanolamines. Towards the end of Q1, Middle East plants faced upstream issues that led to ethanolamines plant shutdowns. MEA remained the shortest in supply – out of all three grades (including DEA and TEA).
Demand was mixed depending on grade and region. The appetite for MEA was strong, especially in China. However, trade for DEA and TEA was tepid, particularly as the construction sector was still lacklustre. In southeast Asia and India, enquiries were stable at best with importers procuring their regular volumes, in response to regional customers’ wait-and-see attitude.
The market tightened in Q1 as imports became more limited. The US polar storms meant imports were severely impacted in the second half of the quarter. Then came outages in the Middle East which meant there was even less material available. In addition, one domestic producer appeared to have production restraints. There were some upstream EO limitations earlier in Q1, but this did not impact ethanolamines.
Demand was mixed in Q1 depending on end use, but was an improvement on Q4. There was some lockdown-related demand for both MEA and TEA for washing and cleaning regimes in households. Offtake into wood treatment and crop protection also seasonally increased. Construction offtake saw an upturn in some regions and some customers looked to fill tanks towards the end of the quarter on supply chain worries.
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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.