Ethyl-Tert-butyl Ether Price Trend and Forecast

Regional Price Overview

Get the latest insights on price movement and trend analysis of Ethyl-Tert-butyl Ether in different regions across the world (Asia, Europe, North America, Latin America, and the Middle East & Africa).

Ethyl Tert butyl Ether Price Trend for the Second Half of 2023

Asia

Ethyl tert butyl ether prices witnessed a lukewarm run in the Asian markets during the given period of the second half of 2023. Very confined fluctuations were witnessed in the price graph; however, the market sentiments were largely positive throughout the given period.

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Ethyl-Tert-Butyl Ether Price Trends

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Along with the downstream factors, the upstream factors also drove the ethyl tert butyl ether prices in Asian markets. During the third quarter, the prices rose owing to the surge in the feedstock material costs; the demands were also humble and steady. However, the holiday season in the fourth quarter saw a dip in the industrial demands of ethyl tert butyl ether; the raw material prices also came down; thus, the overall price trajectory reversed for ethyl tert butyl ether. Conclusively, mixed market performance was witnessed.

Europe

The price trend for ethyl tert butyl ether in the European market was not much different than in the Asian market. Imports from Asia saw a rise in prices at the beginning of the third quarter since the region saw an incline in domestic demand. This led to an uptick in the ethyl tert butyl ether price graph in the third quarter in the European markets. However, a reduction in crude oil prices in the fourth quarter provided a counterforce to the surging prices. A demand dip around the new year also pushed the prices down in Q4.

North America

The American ethyl tert butyl ether market followed its Asian and European counterparts closely during the said period of H2’23. The market behavior in the third quarter was more positive than in the fourth quarter. Q3 saw a rise in upstream rates as the OPEC+ decided to hold export stocks to regulate the oil markets. However, a rise in inventory levels and a fall in production costs brought down the ethyl tert butyl ether prices in the American markets following October 2023.

Analyst Insight

According to Procurement Resource, the Ethyl Tert butyl Ether price trends are likely to continue oscillating based on the current supply and demand dynamics going forward.

Ethyl-Tert-Butyl Ether Price Trend for the First Half of 2023

Asia

Asian Ethyl-Tert-Butyl Ether market observed mixed price trend in the first half of 2023. The year started with high inventories and low demands from the downstream fuel and chemical industries leading to declining price trend in the first quarter. But as the inventories got used up, the ETBE prices started rising again in the second quarter. Consistent demands from downstream industries also supported the rebounding Ethyl-Tert-Butyl Ether price trend.

Europe

The European Ethyl-Tert-Butyl Ether market witnessed opposite market trend from its Asian counterpart, as the prices rose in the first quarter and declined in the second. In the first quarter, the suppliers tried to push up the prices by hoarding up more and more products, significant orders were placed for Ethyl-Tert-Butyl Ether, and the demands were also consistent. But as Q2 arrived, downstream demands took a serious hit, and the Ethyl-Tert-Butyl Ether prices declined. Overall, fluctuating price trend for ETBE were observed throughout the said period.

North America

The North American Ethyl-Tert-Butyl Ether market performed better than the global EBTE market. Even after having a slow start in January’23, the prices rose steadily and consistently after that. The downstream demand from the fuel and chemical industries was the major driving factor behind the consistent growth. Opening up of other international markets helped in better movement, but domestic demands also provided significant cost support. Overall oscillating price trend were observed in the first half of 2023.

Analyst Insight

According to Procurement Resource, given the unsettled market dynamics and pricing fundamentals, the Ethyl-Tert-Butyl Ether market is expected to continue showcasing such fluctuating price trend.

Ethyl-Tert-Butyl Ether (ETBE) Price Trend for the Second Half of 2022

Asia Pacific

The price trend for ethyl tert-butyl ether kept on the lower end of the scale during the said period. In Q3, despite the rise in inventories, the stable downstream demand kept the prices from crashing. This declining trend continued in the fourth quarter where a sharp fall in the price chart was seen. The rising fears of a global recession affected the consumer’s confidence in the market which negatively impacted the demand. The manufacturers actively participated in destocking to create room for new production, thereby selling at much lower profits. Hence, all these factors readily affected the ETBE prices.

Europe

In the European region, the rising price trend of ethyl tert-butyl ether was favoured by high demand and in turn high purchasing of ethyl tert-butyl ether-derived commodities. This was coupled with the low level of inventories and low production rates. In the final quarter, production gained its pace and led to a rise in inventories. The uneven interest rates and disruptions in the manufacturing processes led to a decline in the price trend for ethyl tert-butyl ether.

North America

The prices of ethyl tert-butyl ether inclined as they were supported by high demand from the consumer market. The primary factor influencing this demand was the usage of ethyl tert-butyl ether in the fuel sector. The price trend of the fourth quarter was, however, the same as that seen in the other international markets. The rise in production rates and sudden decline in demand led to a fall in ETBE prices.

Analyst Insight

According to Procurement Resource, the prices of Ethyl-Tert-Butyl Ether are expected to fluctuate in the upcoming quarters. The demand from the end-user industries is uneven and with the rise in production rates, the prices are expected to struggle.

Ethyl-Tert-butyl Ether Price Trend For the First Half of 2022

Asia

Owing to the unprecedented rise in crude oil and natural gas prices, petrochemical prices soared globally. The cost of feedstock ethanol and butene soared throughout the Asian market. At the beginning of the year, the Ethyl-Tert-Butyl Ether (ETBE) price averaged 11900 RMB/MT. However, the prices started rising sharply toward the end of the first quarter due to the huge volatility created in the market by the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

The ETBE prices averaged 12800 RMB/MT towards the end of the first quarter. The prices relaxed a bit during the second quarter due to the baulking of the buyers amid the cautious market conditions and the looming speculation of a global recession. The ETBE price averaged 12400 RMB/MT towards the end of June.

Europe

The price trend of ETBE remained anchored in the European market throughout the first half of the said year. The acute energy crisis trigged high-cost inflation in the domestic market, thereby inflating the costs of all the commodities. Amid the robust demand from the consumer market, the prices of ETBE kept afloat in the market. The prices of feedstock ethanol averaged 1.3 USD/litre in the second quarter.

North America

Amid the surging crude oil prices, labour shortages, raised freight charges, trade bottlenecks/restrictions and robust consumer demand, the prices of ETBE remained towards the higher end of the scale in the US domestic market.

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ETBE is a highly flammable volatile organic compound. It is a clear to light-yellow-colored liquid and belongs to the class of ethers. It is used in place of ethanol during the production of gasoline from crude oil as it provides greater air quality and is less challenging logistically and technically. It is a common irritant, and prolonged exposure causes damage to the eyes and skin.

Product Details

Report Features Details
Product Name Ethyl-Tert-butyl Ether
HS CODE 29091900
CAS Number 637-92-3
Industrial Uses Fuel Additives, Oxygenates, Chemical Substrates
Chemical Formula C6H14O
Synonyms ETBE, 2-Ethoxy-2-methylpropane, Ethyl tertiary butyl ether, tert-Butyl ethyl ether, Ethyl t-butyl ether
Molecular Weight 102.18 g/mol
Supplier Database Evonik Industries AG, Exxon Mobil Corporation., China National Petroleum Corporation, Royal Dutch Shell PLC., Reliance Industries Limited., LyondellBasell Industries N.V
Region/Countries Covered Asia Pacific: China, India, Indonesia, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Japan, Philippines, Vietnam, Iran, Thailand, South Korea, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, Nepal, Taiwan, Sri Lanka, UAE, Israel, Hongkong, Singapore, Oman, Kuwait, Qatar, Australia, and New Zealand

Europe: Germany, France, United Kingdom, Italy,  Spain, Russia, Turkey, Netherlands, Poland, Sweden, Belgium, Austria, Ireland Switzerland, Norway, Denmark, Romania, Finland, Czech Republic, Portugal and Greece

North America: United States and Canada

Latin America: Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Columbia, Chile, Ecuador, and Peru

Africa: South Africa, Nigeria, Egypt, Algeria, Morocco
Currency US$ (Data can also be provided in local currency)
Supplier Database Availability Yes
Customization Scope The report can be customized as per the requirements of  the customer
Post-Sale Analyst Support 360-degree analyst support after report delivery


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Production Processes

  • Production of Ethyl-Tert-butyl Ether from Etherification

Acidic etherification of the isobutylene and ethanol is carried out in the presence of ion-exchange resin, which functions as the catalyst. The reaction is carried out in fixed bed reactors at a temperature of 30–110 °C and a pressure of 0.8–1.3 MPa.

Methodology

The displayed pricing data is derived through weighted average purchase price, including contract and spot transactions at the specified locations unless otherwise stated. The information provided comes from the compilation and processing of commercial data officially reported for each nation (i.e., government agencies, external trade bodies, and industry publications).

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