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Updated to Q1 2020
Asia’s etac supply is expected to decrease as two major producers in China, Wuxi Baichuan and Jiangmen Handsome, are due to shut in January for a duration of two to three weeks. This will impact a combined 450,000 tonnes/year of production capacity. A southeast Asia-based plant may also undergo a turnaround in January or February.
Etac demand in Asia is expected to increase on stock replenishment activities. Importers and distributors in northeast Asia who had been keeping lean inventories in the previous quarter in anticipation that prices were bottoming out will be entering the market for January-loading cargoes. Southeast Asia’s demand is expected to remain stable at a slow pace.
Asia supply is expected to tighten ahead of the Lunar New Year holidays as shutdowns are planned at several Chinese plants in H2 January for around two to three weeks. Furthermore, transportation disruptions due to the festive period may affect prompt delivery of Chinese orgin material. Debottlenecking of Korea Alcohol Industrial’s plant in South Korea is expected in Q1 2020, which will increase etac production capacity in Asia Pacific.
Demand leading up to the Lunar New Year may remain flat, with the festive widely celebrated in Asia. Some uptick is expected after the festival, as the downstream sector prepares for the tradition peak season in Spring. However, a lot will depend on the wider economy and geopolitical development. The anticipated US-China phase 1 trade deal brought some optimism. In India, buying may slow down in March due to the end of the financial year.
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