Acrylic acid markets continued to face supply problems during 2017, notably in the US on the back of disruption caused by hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Fortunately, the US market was able to get back on its feet comparatively quickly, and ended the year in a better supply position, but also with stronger than forecast demand, which looks set to continue into early 2018. The European market has also suffered supply tightness which came about following planned and unplanned stoppages and problems in supply relating to the US situation in August/September.
Some acrylate markets have been through very tight periods, especially during the fourth quarter. In Asia, for most of 2017, the acrylic acid market was relatively stable, with little fluctuation in prices. At the same time, market movements were more dramatic in China. The Chinese market went down and then firmed before coming back down again in quarter four. During this period, AA operating rates in China were estimated at about 65%. Chinese BA exports declined significantly in the second half of 2017.
After a year of interesting developments and margin recovery in many of the global acrylic acid and acrylate esters markets, what can we expect to see in 2018?
A subscription to our Acrylic Acid and Acrylates Chemical Business Focus can give you further insights like this on the state of the markets world-wide.
ABOUT TECNON ORBICHEM’S ACRYLIC ACID & ACRYLATES SERVICES
Chemical Business Focus
Each month, subscribers receive a comprehensive look at current activity in the market, including pricing information for all of the main product areas in each of the key regions. In addition, subscribers have online access to 10 years historical prices to download as Excel files from our website, to Trade Tables and Charts and, on a quarterly basis, Plants & Projects listings which contain the latest information with regards to capacity developments in the Acrylic Acid and Acrylates industries.
For more information or to request a sample please contact email@example.com
S/Db-CHEM and World Analysis
Tecnon OrbiChem’s Acrylic Acid & Its Esters S/Db-CHEM is a truly comprehensive service, containing all the information you need on acrylic acid, methyl-, ethyl-, butyland 2-ethylhexyl acrylates – Supply/Demand data, Trade flows, Consumption trends, Capacity listings and Historical prices.
- Production, Consumption and Trade data are based on an analysis of historical data and forecasts out to 2025.
- Historical trade flows for acrylic acid and its esters are presented as country-to-country trade grids.
- Capacity listings on a plant-by-plant basis give producer, owner and feedstock information.
- Historical prices for 2-EH, 2-ethylhexyl acrylate, acrylic acid, butyl acrylate, ethyl acrylate, methyl acrylate, methyl methacrylate, n-butanol and propylene allow for construction of tables, charts and margins.
Senior Consultant – Acrylic Acid & Acrylates
Phone: +44 207 924 3955
* By requesting the full article, you are giving Tecnon OrbiChem consent to send you market news, such as this article, and information about our services and events relevant to your markets. Tecnon OrbiChem will use your contact information for the sole purpose of keeping you updated on our news and does not share contact information with any third parties. All our marketing emails have an option to unsubscribe, which you are welcome to do so at any time.