ICIS price reporting for regional Phthalic anhydride markets is unparalleled in its ability to keep you on top of the information you need.
That means you can track fluctuations and developments as they happen and gain a clear understanding of the factors driving prices.
Updated to Q4 2018
Phthalic anhydride (PA) Supply was tight at the start of the quarter amid scheduled maintenance at key PA plants. Key producers in India were only catering to domestic and contractual customers during the quarter. Demand from India and China slumped in the middle of the quarter, prompting producers in these regions to divert cargoes into southeast Asia. However, most buyers in southeast Asia preferred to rely on their regular sources in the region and northeast Asia.
Demand in southeast Asia was mixed during the quarter. Buyers were actively stockpiling cargoes in September and October on concerns that feedstock orthoxylene (OX) prices would rise on tight supply. As a result, PA prices in southeast Asia were on a steady uptrend early in the quarter. However, prices started decreasing in November when demand from India waned. Elsewhere, demand from the key China market remained subdued during the quarter.
We offer the following regional Phthalic anhydride analysis and news coverage to keep you informed of factors and developments affecting prices in the Asia Phthalic anhydride marketplace.
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Over half the production of phthalic anhydride is used in the manufacture of phthalate esters, employed as plasticisers in PVC. Other major uses are in polyester resins and (decreasingly) in alkyd resins.
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Upstream orthoxylene (OX) prices give our subscribers a more in-depth understanding of the cost structure of PA producers.
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