ICIS has a network of locally based reporters providing coverage of regional Ethanol markets. They provide not just pricing information, but an in-depth understanding of the factors driving prices and market fluctuations.
Whichever regional markets you need to track, our independent price assessments and market coverage will keep you fully up-to-date so you can always negotiate with confidence.
Updated to Q3 2019
Traditional ethanol markets will tighten further in July, with the risk of shortening for some. This will be the case for domestic material in France and Germany, and the buyers that rely on it. Producers will likely prioritise fuel ethanol where possible during the driving season. Supply is often tightest in the summer, although they could recover in September with the wheat and then the sugar harvests, which could result in some volatility.
Demand for most producers we spoke to weakens slightly over the summer. Some large producers said demand increased seasonally for summer cosmetics, while buyers said there was no change in demand levels, although product was more difficult to secure.
Fuel ethanol markets are likely to be tight into early August, depending on the wheat harvest and production from associated plants. There is the possibility of supply volatility over the quarter as some closed plants could restart any time, or are due to restart in September, as demand begins to weaken.
Demand is to stay firm over the summer but fall in September as the driving season winds to a close. Demand could still be strong compared to winter months. Firm fuel ethanol prices could see lower blending rates than might otherwise have been experienced in countries with no split mandate, like Germany.
We offer the following regional Ethanol analysis and news coverage to keep you informed of factors and developments affecting prices in the Europe Ethanol marketplace.
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There are two main types of ethanol – fermentation and synthetic. The major outlets for industrial ethanol are as a solvent and in chemical synthesis.
The ICIS European ethanol report assesses domestic prices for two grades of ethanol across four countries. These two grades are 96% beverage, which is typically based on molasses, and industrial 99% which can be fermented or produce from ethylene.
The report also discusses the market for 96% rectified neutral (REN) grade which is typically used in the highly seasonal screen wash sector.
The main downstream sectors are reviewed as well. These include: industrial applications, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals and food grades. This provides an overall view fore both buyers and sellers.
Regulatory changes and significant developments in the fuel ethanol market are also covered. The ICIS pricing report is thus a valuable tool for both contract and spot players in the ethanol market.
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