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 Q2 2019
Domestic traditional ethanol supplies are likely to be lower this year than in 2018. But there are mixed views on how tight overall supply could become. Increased imports from Pakistan and Latin America will be key to supply balance. Premium (spirits-destined) beverage pharmaceutical grade ethanol are most likely to shorten.
After Q1 stock-building in France, Germany and the UK associated with Brexit, demand could fall for April compared to 2018, some buyers have said. Overall, demand is expected to stay steady, barring risks associated with UK-EU tariffs, which would apply to fuel and traditional ethanol grades in a no-deal scenario.
Fuel ethanol supply from domestic producers will likely tighten in Q2 2019. The market retains significant risks of supply volatility, given that some large production units are running at lower rates than their capacities and it is not clear when these will re-start. Imports from Latin America are increasing.
Demand will ascend with the onset of summer and due to higher renewable fuel mandates. If the Netherlands or larger countries without the blend introduce E10, demand will be notably higher.
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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