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Updated to Q4 2019
Asia phenol supply is expected to be longer in Q4 as compared with Q3. Turnarounds will largely wrap up by November. With prices picking up in H2 of Q3, producers may be motivated to ramp up production in Q4. US cargoes are unlikely available due to the 10% import duty from the trade war with China. However, they could be channelled to other parts of northeast Asia, such as India, Taiwan and South Korea.
Asia phenol demand is expected to be higher in Q4 as compared with Q3. The summer lull ends, boosting higher phenol production and downstream BPA and caprolactam consumption for the plastic and fibre segments. The environmental checks by government bodies at downstream factories are expected to dwindle by Q4. That will boost downstream production and thereby demand, and raising phenol consumption. Buying activities for the end of 2019 and the start of 2020 will commence.
We offer the following regional Phenol coverage to keep you informed of factors and developments affecting prices in the Asia Phenol marketplace.
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