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Updated to Q4 2020
All key European production sites were running at the start of October, although there were suggestions that a couple were operating at slightly reduced rates due to feedstock constraints. Turnarounds have been completed and availability is expected to be healthy in Q4. Export interest continues, particularly for 2-EH. This means 2-EH will be slightly less available than NBA and IBA. Romania’s Chimcomplex remained out of action at the start of Q4.
Demand remains quite healthy for October from the paints and coatings sector, as well as from fuel additives for 2-EH. December is expected to be quiet as players run stocks low to the year-end, as is often the case. A question mark hovers over November. Sources are unclear if the year-end slowdown will start sooner, or if October demand can be maintained. Much will depend on the coronavirus and how the growing number of cases in Europe will impact the industry.
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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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