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Updated to Q4 2018
Owing to a number of scheduled plant turnarounds in the last quarter of 2018, supply was slightly tightened and acetone-based IPA went on allocation. The situation was further compounded by the extended unplanned shutdown of a major Chinese exporter who only restarted late December. The shutdown of most Chinese propylene-based IPA plants saw little impact in the market as most consumers switched to acetone-based IPA because the latter was more competitively priced.
Demand for acetone-based IPA continued to be stronger than propylene-based IPA because of the wide gap between upstream acetone and propylene prices. However, buyers who were regular patrons of propylene-based IPA suppliers still continued to secure their cargoes from their suppliers, with some buying less due to poor downstream demand, and higher prices. Other market players skipped buying for a month on weak downstream demand, preferring to monitor the market situation as upstream crude and acetone values fall.
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Isopropanol (IPA), also known as isopropyl alcohol, is a low-cost solvent used in many industrial and consumer products and as an extractant.
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