EPCA '18: China environmental regulations could disrupt CX stability

Source: ICIS News


LONDON (ICIS)--Balanced conditions in the Asian cyclohexane (CX) market could face disruption this quarter due to pending environmental regulations in China, according to sources on the sidelines of the 52nd annual European Petrochemical Association (EPCA) meeting in Vienna.

"CX consumption is stable in Asia", said a trader, adding that the Japanese CX market is long at present.

Caprolactam (capro) and CX intermediates are healthy in Asia.

Last winter, the Chinese environmental regulations ramped up, causing a number of markets to tighten, including CX. The same is expected for December 2018, according to sources.

"[China faced] summer regulations, they will still struggle in the winter", said the trader.

The annual EPCA meeting ran in Vienna from 8-10 October.