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Updated to Q4 2019
Availability of oxo-alcohols is expected to remain more than ample during the fourth quarter and sellers are looking towards export markets to try and balance inventories in the structurally long European market. There are no scheduled maintenance works and upstream cracker turnarounds are having minimal impact, with supply of propylene also seen to be more than sufficient.
Demand is likely to tail off towards year-end as many aim to finish the calendar year with lean stocks. Downstream markets are seeing varying degrees of slow demand, but the automotive industry was hit particularly hard. Some areas of the construction industry are said to be fairly healthy, but sources are ultimately concerned about the macroeconomic climate and have altered buying patterns accordingly.
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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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