The ICIS Glycol Ether reports are published in Asia, Europe and the US on a weekly basis. Asia and US markets focus on both the ethylene and propylene based glycol ethers within this report, while in Europe these are published separately as glycol ethers and propylene glycol ethers.
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Updated to Q1 2019
The supply will likely remain stable to lower. Some market consolidation could happen with the intense competition. Certain producers may keep operation rate low if there is no improvement to market condition. A Saudi Arabia’s BG/BDG plant is heard planning for a turnaround in end January for three weeks.
Demand will likely remained subdued due to the lull season for the downstream paint and coating sector during winter. Some replenishing activities could be expected in January but the demand will likely dwindle as Lunar New Year approaches in early February. It is uncertain if demand will pick up end February/March, pending development in the macroenvironment.
European glycol ether supply levels are expected to remain steady over the first quarter, with no scheduled turnarounds reported at the time of writing. Upstream n-butanol (NBA) supply has eased following the end of some force majeures declared in 2018. Improvements in Rhine water levels are also expected to keep market conditions stable.
European glycol ether demand is expected to increase in January due to re-stocking which typically takes place at the start of the year. Regardless of this, there is downward pressure on spot prices due to lower raw material costs for January. Further feedback is pending. Logistics could be a concern for the market due to recent tightness in availability.
US glycol ethers supply is expected to be balanced with demand during the first quarter of 2019. The market began slowly, following a fourth-quarter 2018 seasonal slowdown in related markets. Production is likely to ratchet up as buying interest gains momentum ahead of an expected marginally stronger 2019 paint and coatings season.
Stronger glycol ethers demand from downstream architectural coatings, for example, is likely from hurricanes and California wildfire damage in 2018. Although a paint maker predicts only a moderate increase in its year-on-year paint demand, forecasts of a broadly milder winter this year, however, may further strengthen glycol ethers demand.
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Glycol Ethers Methodology
A large proportion of glycol ethers goes into the paints and coatings industry, though other uses include inks, cleaning products, plasticisers, brake fluids, pharmaceuticals, cosmetic and personal care products.
There are two groups of glycol ethers: E-series and P-series depending on whether they are made from ethylene oxide (EO) or propylene oxide (PO). They are used mainly as a solvent in a variety of domestic and industrial applications such as paints and coatings.
E-series glycol ethers are used as solvents and coalescing aids in paint formulations while higher molecular weight glycol ethers are used in hydraulic brake fluids. They are used as intermediates to make esters.
Propylene glycol ethers (PGE) are high performance industrial solvents used in paints and coatings, cleaners, inks and other applications.
In the electronics industry, PGEs are used with other solvents in the manufacture of laminates and semiconductor processes for making circuit boards.
Other applications include agricultural, cosmetic, ink, textile and adhesive products.
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