ICIS has a network of locally based reporters providing coverage of regional Vinyl acetate monomer markets. They provide not just pricing information, but an in-depth understanding of the factors driving prices and market fluctuations.
Updated to Q4 2018
Output in China and Taiwan started to decline in November. Reduced upstream gas feeds for VAM production in China during the peak winter heating season curtailed the output at Sinopec Sichuan Vinylon’s VAM plant. Technical issues and increased captive consumption meanwhile shuttered Dairen Chemical Corp’s Taiwan plant on 1 November. The impact of curtailed output was offset by weak demand during the quarter.
Buying interest in southeast Asia was constrained to December deliveries, on the back of an overall slowdown in demand from the downstream emulsions and adhesives sector due to weakened buying power amid a strong US dollar and a cautious outlook on the global economy. Demand in India wound down ahead of the Diwali or Festival of Lights holidays in early November and subsequently failed to recover after the holidays amid ample supply.
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Vinyl acetate monomer (VAM) is used in water-based paints, adhesives, acrylic fibres, paper coatings and non-woven binder applications.
ICIS covers the Asia-Pacific vinyl acetate monomer (VAM) market and provides four key price assessments reflecting import prices for 500 to 2,000 tonne cargoes in northeast Asia (NE Asia), southeast Asia (SE Asia), south Asia and China.
The cost & freight (CFR) NE Asia spot quote reflects transactions and market discussions in the region. The assessment may reflect domestic prices in Korea and Taiwan.
Domestic trades with Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand are also taken into consideration in the final assessment of CFR SE Asia prices.
Access to our global reporting network is important for monitoring shifting trade flows from Europe and the US, as more countries target China because of the global economic slowdown.
Our commentary includes information regarding China’s domestic transactions and market conditions, as key market participants in China often refer to our spot prices as a reference to how much they might consider paying for imports.
We work closely with our colleagues in China who have access to comprehensive information on the Chinese domestic market.
Additionally, trades for bulk cargos into west coast Indian ports and Pakistan are covered in the CFR south Asia range.
Many producers, consumers and traders that contribute to the ICIS VAM report in Asia reference their monthly settlement prices from our numbers. Our customers are, therefore, assured of accurate and representative market intelligence.
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