PODCAST: Europe ethanol, IPA demand surge as hand sanitizer sales jump

Author: Will Beacham


BARCELONA (ICIS)--Demand for hand sanitisers has added a permanent uplift of 60-70,000 tonnes/year to Europe's isopropanol markets, with ethanol benefitting too.

  • Hand sanitisers and disinfectants create up to 60-70,000 tonnes/year new demand for IPA in 2020, or 14-16%
  • Renewed appeal of IPA versus ethanol as a feedstock for these products could boost demand further
  • Players eye automotive sector and phenol/acetone production to gauge IPA imports from Asia into Europe
  • Potential for growth on higher IPA grades (cosmetics, biocide, pharma, electronics) in 2021
  • Industrial 99% ethanol becoming short again due to supply issues.
  • Could lead to shortages if new wave of pandemic hits
  • Ethanol supply - especially in France - may be impacted by poor sugar beet harvest
  • Peak demand season for beverage 96% ethanol and good demand from bioethanol fuel may impact industrial 99%
  • Ethanol imports may ease industrial 99% shortages

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