China’s methanol-to-olefins - The driving force of the domestic methanol market

22 September 2016

New start-ups and the debottlenecking of some plants in China have caused domestic methanol capacities to increase. The onset of more methanol-to-olefins projects have also triggered a peak in imports, as it is the primary customer base in the methanol market. Methanol-to-olefins plants are estimated to consume 22.6m tons of methanol in 2016, a growth of 33% year on year, making it the primary customer base in the domestic methanol market. With China becoming more self-reliant in methanol production, there is increasing demand for more local exports. This has exerted downward pressure on US prices, opening the arbitrage window from US to China. Global market players are now interested to know how long this trend will continue and what are the scale of opportunities and risks for exporters to China now? The ICIS China Methanol Annual Study provides in-depth review of the latest developments in the dynamic Chinese methanol market, with a focus on the methanol-to-olefins sector and how it has been driving the domestic production. The report also comes a half-year update to help you stay on top of market changes by addressing all of the following questions:

  • How are the domestic producers performing? What are their production outlooks for 2017?
  • How are methanol-to-olefins plants performing? What is their methanol consumption outlook for 2017?
  • What are the optimal downstream segments to target at different points of the year?
  • What is the supply and demand forecast for 2017?

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ICIS China Methanol Annual Study

The ICIS China Methanol Annual Study provides a granular review and outlook of each major methanol demand segment to help market players plan their sales volumes and reap higher margins. This essential read will help you understand the changes surrounding the methanol markets, covering all of the following:

  • Overview of the dynamic Chinese methanol markets in 2016
  • China’s rising methanol-to-olefins industry and its impact on the methanol markets
  • Pricing data, trends and margins
  • Analysis of current supply/demand with a one-year outlook
  • Commentary on the impact of China methanol markets on international market players
  • Insights into the driving factors for 2017 – feedstock, imports/exports and so much more

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