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Updated to Q2 2018
The Europe crude methyl di-p-phenylene isocyanate (MDI) market was lengthy in quarter two as a result of low demand. Consequently, prices dropped by triple digits in certain months with levels returning to around those agreed before production issues in 2017. Pure MDI prices moved in the opposite direction with low availability influencing discussions. Production issues at US sellers Huntsman and Dow Chemicals in Europe restricted the availability of pure MDI in what is a structurally tight market.
Low consumption levels were experienced in the Europe crude MDI market in quarters one and two. This was partially attributed to consumers switching to competing products after high pricing and shortages in 2017. As a result, even though demand typically picks up in summer, order book volumes were low in quarter two. Downwards price trends in most of quarters one and two led some sources to anticipate a return to consumption levels eventually.
Updated to Q2 2018
There were low supply levels at the start of quarter two for Europe toluene di-isocyanate (TDI) as a result of German seller BASF shutting down its Ludwigshafen plant. The facility was taken off line in January with the company stating at the time that the site would resume production in quarter two. Although the unit did not start up by July, availability did lengthen by the end of quarter two due to seasonally low demand.
Tight conditions in the Europe TDI market began to ease by the end of quarter two with low demand a key factor. Prices dropped for the first time since the start of 2016 in June 2018 with triple-digit decreases widely agreed. The drivers behind this softer trend are not completely clear. Part of it is explained by aforementioned quiet demand. Such lower consumption can be attributed to consumers buying competing downstream products following a firmer trend for TDI in 2017.
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The main use for methyl di-p-phenylene isocyanate (MDI) is in the production of rigid and semi-rigid polyurethane foams, which accounts for some 80% of global consumption.
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