ICIS has a network of locally based reporters providing coverage of regional Phenol markets.
Whichever regional markets you need to track, our independent price assessments and market coverage will keep you fully up-to-date so you can always negotiate with confidence.
Updated to Q3 2020
Supply and demand are likely to remain balanced. The US phenol operating rate is expected to be lower by 16% this year due to uneven demand, according to the ICIS Supply and Demand Database. US exports will be constrained by globally soft demand and higher priced feedstocks. Q3 adders settled at a rollover, while formula-based contracts face upward pressure from feedstock benzene due to a rebound in crude values.
Some anticipate a recovery to start taking place, especially as the auto sector returns to pre-coronavirus production rates. The current sentiment is that the pace of recovery is likely to be slow. A strong improvement in consumption will be contingent on pent-up demand for durable goods, but the auto sector is expected to take a long time to recover. The economic recovery is also uncertain as new virus cases surge in some states.
We offer the following regional Phenol coverage to keep you informed of factors and developments affecting prices in the US 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.
The weekly ICIS report on the US Gulf (USG) market for phenol includes both contract and spot assessments.
The contract price generally moves monthly and lags the upstream benzene development by about one month.
The spot price and free on board (FOB) export price can be moved weekly, or as market conditions dictate.
Information on the report contains input from buyers, sellers and traders, as well as a comprehensive look at the upstream and downstream factors that influence pricing.
The report includes monthly contract pricing for benzene, which is a key cost ingredient in phenol production.
Supply and demand issues are also discussed in the report, including production problems and planned outages.
Monthly trade data rounds the analysis to deliver a full picture of the US phenol market.
Subscribers find the report invaluable for establishing their own pricing terms with suppliers and customers.
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