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Updated to Q4 2018
The quarter began steadily, but low water levels on the Rhine resulted in a force majeure declaration from BASF on n-butanol (NBA) isobutanol (IBA) at the end of October. Oxea declared force majeure on NBA and 2 ethyl-hexanol (2-EH) at the end of November due to unexpected issues at its precursor syngas unit. In addition, INEOS was out of production for a couple of weeks at its Lavera, France site due to feedstock restrictions resulting from its planned 60-day cracker turnaround.
Demand was steady at expected levels for October and November. Although supply restrictions prompted some to look at alternative sources, demand was covered. During the period, there was talk of economic constraint in much of Europe, and this impacted on buying patterns in some industries, notably the automotive sector. The traditional slowdown took place at the end of the year, with downstream sectors closing with low inventory levels.
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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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