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 Q1 2019
Availability of ethylbenzene in Europe in the first quarter is expected to be less long than it was in the fourth quarter, based on expectations of increased demand for ethylene, benzene and styrene during that period. These markets will also be preparing for a series of planned spring maintenance turnarounds.
Demand for ethylbenzene in Europe is expected to tick up in the first quarter compared to the fourth quarter, with buying requirements for benzene, styrene and ethylene likely to be healthier as players look to re-stock after the traditional year-end de-stocking at the close of 2018.
US supply of ethylbenzene should be ample in the first quarter of 2019, as upstream supply of benzene is expected to remain long on imports from Asia. Refinery operating rates are likely to be scaled back during the slow season for gasoline, which is a time when many refineries schedule their turnarounds. Refineries produce benzene as a byproduct of gasoline production.
Demand for ethylbenzene is likely to be healthy in the first quarter of 2019, as that is typically a period of heavy styrene exports by the US. Ethylbenzene is used primarily for the production of styrene. The majority of shipments will move to Mexico, as it is by far the largest destination for US exports.
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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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