Our weekly report helps you examine the different types of plasticizers by providing complete coverage for both phthalate and non-phthalate plasticizers.
It contains pricing information and trade analysis produced by ICIS market experts who gather first-hand intelligence from key players in the region.
Updated to Q1 2015
US plasticizer prices stabilised in the first quarter after their dramatic fall during the global crude oil crash that began in late 2014 and continued into January.
Prices fell steadily as the calendar changed over to 2015, with both general purpose and specialty plasticizers seeing significant deterioration in prices through January amid declines in feedstocks and slack demand. Buyers purchased only what they immediately needed and put off long-term purchases for fear of committing to a price that might be several cents per pound cheaper the next week.
Crude oil prices seemed to find their bottom in late January, bringing some calm to upstream markets such as propylene. But ripples from the upstream crash in prices still reverberated in February through key plasticizer feedstocks such as 2-ethylhexanol (2-EH) and phthalic anhydride (PA), with price drops there continuing to fuel weakness in US dioctyl phthalate (DOP), diisononyl phthalate (DINP) and dioctyl terephthalate (DOTP).
March saw stable supply/demand fundamentals, and the market is optimistic heading into the key US spring and summer construction season that the seasonal demand uptick is just around the corner.
We offer the following regional Non-Phthalate Plasticizers analysis and news coverage to keep you informed of factors and developments affecting prices in the US Non-Phthalate Plasticizers marketplace.
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