The ICIS Ethylbenzene reports are covered weekly in Europe and the US. Both regions focus on the spot price assessments on an FOB NWE and FOB USG basis.
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Updated to Q2 2019
The market was well supplied in Q2 despite planned turnarounds along the supply chain. An unplanned interuption to benzene supply early in the quarter and tight US supply at the end of the quarter pulled on availability, but never tightened the market beyond that for prompt delivery.
Planned maintenance turnarounds along the supply chain in Q2 affected demand levels to an extent, while wider macroeconomic issues instilled an element of caution in the market and slowed overall buying interest.
US supply of ethylbenzene was steady throughout the second quarter of 2019, as upstream benzene production was weak due to low operating rates at refineries, which produce benzene as a byproduct of gasoline production.
US demand for ethylbenzene was lower, tracking weak downstream styrene demand. US ethylbenzene is produced mainly for the manufacture of styrene. Downstream styrene markets include acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS) and expandable polystyrene (EPS).
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Around 99% of ethyl benzene (EB) produced in Europe is used in the production of styrene monomer, which is then used in many homopolymer, copolymer and terpolymer applications.
Ethylbenzene (EB) is a colourless liquid, with a pungent aromatic odour. It is practically insoluble in water but soluble in ethyl alcohol, ether and benzene.
Nearly all EB output is used in the production of styrene monomer, which is then used in many homopolymer, copolymer and terpolymer applications. These applications cover a wide scope of industrial, consumer and medical products.
Ethylbenzene is also used in the production of synthetic rubber, as a component of automotive and aviation fuels and in the manufacture of cellulose acetate. It is utilised as a solvent or diluent for alkyd surface coatings, and as a chemical intermediate for diethylbenzene and acetophenone, ethyl anthraquinone, EB sulphonic acids, and alpha-methylbenzyl alcohol.
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