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 2020
Supply from northeast Asia is set to increase in November following the return of Dairen Chemical Corp.’s Taiwan plant in late September following a two-month shutdown. South Korea’s Lotte BP Chemical is set to start up its new 200,000 tonne/year VAM plant in early October and Singapore-based producers are slated to ramp up output in October on the back of improved margins. Players are also anticipating another round of year-end destocking activity in China as seen in previous years.
Demand is expected to be mixed with a buoyant performance in the downstream ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) sector anticipated to extend into Q4, partly fueled by capacity growth in China’s downstream photovoltaic industry. However, an unexpected slowdown in southeast Asian downstream demand in Q3 due to a second wave of the coronavirus tempered the 4Q outlook and prompted sources to attribute support to supply-side factors.
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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.
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