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Updated to Q3 2021
The market is optimistic that 2-EH spot supply will lengthen in Q3 due to the resolution of all 2-EH force majeures and higher than typical run rates through the holiday season. NBA spot availability is expected to improve but remain constrained until the resolution of the force majeure from BASF, the largest producer of this grade in Europe. IBA supply is expected to be stable to improving.
A slight softening in buying interest is anticipated over the summer period on all grades. It is expected there will be more robust demand for NBA compared with other grades as built-up NBA material shortages may sustain strong buying interest. There will be pockets of calmer demand for 2-EH while raw material shortages will affect downstream plasticizers. Demand for IBA is anticipated to remain stable with some softening through the holiday season.
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The alcohols (NBA, IBA, and 2-EH) have some uses just as solvents, but are primarily used as feedstocks for other products.
The European ICIS oxo-alcohols report follows isobutanol (IBA), normal butanol (NBA), 2-ethyl-hexanol (2-EH) and plasticizer pricing on a weekly basis.
The report contains two main plasticizers, dioctyl phthalate (DOP) and di-isononyl phthalate (DINP). As well as a delivered price for distribution within Europe, it includes free-on-board (FOB) prices for export.
Movement in upstream markets such as crude oil, propylene, phthalic anyhdride (PA) and orthoxylene (OX) are important in the oxo-alcohol markets.
Contract settlements and discussions are always included in the report.
As the market is a global one, the European report also tracks movement in Asian markets.
European availability is tight, and some sources attribute this as an advantage in the Chinese market, which has soaked up volumes that might otherwise have been available for Europe.
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