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 Q1 2021
January is set to see tight supply prevailing on the back of curtailed output at several plants in China as well as maintenance shutdowns scheduled at plants located in Saudi Arabia and Singapore. After January, tight supply conditions are set to ease with the restart of plants after turnaround and as output at other plants is being ramped up on an expected ease in feedstock supply.
Demand could be mixed on continued restocking activities in India, while buying momentum in China could slow down ahead of the Lunar New Year holidays from 11 to 17 February. But in the longer term, China may continue to turn to the import market for ethylene-based VAM amid domestic supply shortfalls, as new EVA capacities totaling 650,000 tonnes are gradually set to come onstream in 2021.
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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.
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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.
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Additionally, trades for bulk cargos into west coast Indian ports and Pakistan are covered in the CFR south Asia range.
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