ICIS has a network of locally based reporters providing coverage of regional Toluene markets. They provide not just pricing information, but an in-depth understanding of the factors driving prices and market fluctuations.
Updated to Q3 2018
Turnarounds understood to be underway at four European plants in September and October were lowering supply, as they offered limited volumes on the spot market. Demand-side reductions over the same period meant the market was viewed as balanced. The spot market looked tight ahead of September contract negotiations, prompting a vessel to be booked from southern Europe in early September, though proved to be far more balanced. Pricing remained strongly influenced by volatile upstream markets.
Demand was expected to initially jump as BASF’s Ludwigshafen toluene di-isocyanate (TDI) plant re-opened, though the market impact was less than anticipated. Hydrodealkylation (HDA) economics were in extremely negative territory all quarter, meaning little incentive to produce benzene from toluene. On the export side, players saw an arbitrage window open on paper with the US late in the quarter though it was unclear whether significant volumes flowed across the Atlantic. It was described as too risky for some traders.
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ICIS pricing quotes toluene in Europe, Asia-Pacific, China and the US Gulf.
The European toluene report is a weekly report that is published every Friday. ICIS covers monthly contracts, so there is a range of settlements between major buyers and sellers.
We also have spot prices for both Rotterdam and the Mediterranean region.
The report contains production news that includes plant shutdowns, any major changes in output, and trade flows such as import and export between regions.
As toluene is part of the aromatics complex, it can be used to make benzene and xylenes if the economics are right, so it is an important market to watch.
If you require a daily toluene price we also produce a daily Aromatics report for Europe which provides you with in-depth pricing information, news and analysis, including a view of the latest toluene prices to keep you informed of the factors and developments affecting the European marketplace on a day-to-day basis.
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