With China’s Phenol prices moving in different directions, it is critical for market players to be informed on the changing dynamics and market sentiments. Published and derived by our local industry experts, our on-the-ground price reporting, insights and data analytics solutions provide the following:
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Updated to Q4 2018
Spot phenol prices into China, Asia’s largest market, were lifted in the second quarter by the recovery in crude oil futures and consequently the rally in US benzene and phenol export prices to Asia. However, it was the India market that saw significant volatility, because of India’s position as a net importer and therefore its sensitivity to shifts in supply and demand.
Overlapping phenol plant turnarounds in the second quarter by Taiwan’s Chang Chun Plastics, Mitsui Phenols Singapore, South Korea’s Kumho P&B and Japan’s Mitsubishi Chemical crimped the availability of spot phenol in Asia and drove a 38% surge in the CFR India phenol prices between early February and end April. A major, two-month turnaround by Mitsubishi Chemical boosted Japanese phenol imports throughout the second quarter, curtailing South Korean shipment to India. The strong Indian market gains also created export opportunities for China-based phenol makers, leading to a raft of shipments from China. The May start-up of Thai producer PTT Phenol’s new plant and the resumption of southeast Asian supplies to India, however, quickly reversed the CFR India phenol market uptrend and drove a downward correction from late April. The CFR India phenol prices lost 11% between end April and late June.
We offer the following regional Phenol coverage to keep you informed of factors and developments affecting prices in the China Phenol marketplace.
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The primary chemical intermediates and derivatives of phenol include phenolic resin, bisphenol-A (BPA), caprolactam, adipic acid and plasticiser.
ICIS publishes weekly pricing information for China’s volatile phenol markets. The report gives you access to the latest import CFR China main ports and domestic ex-tank prices for a more reflective view of the market.
The report also includes market commentaries such as hot topics and changes in government policies, as well as plant production statuses and weekly inventory levels, to help industry players understand the drivers of the price movements and changes in this market.
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