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Plasticizers Price Trend for the Second Half of 2022
As the plasticizers’ inventory continued to stockpile, due to the pandemic-related shutdowns in China, the prices of the commodity saw a gradual decline. A significant drop was observed in the month of July. Later rising energy costs, growing restrictions, low product supply, and poor operating rates amidst lowering demand led to a downfall in the prices in the third quarter. The fourth quarter was also not favourable for the prices as the inventories continued to rise along with major fluctuations in the feedstock prices. This all-in addition to a decline in the demand from Chinese exporters followed a decline in the prices of the commodity.
The European markets witnessed a major decline in demand and prices of plasticizers in the third quarter of 2022. The uncertain market and slow end-user-industry offtakes caused a major decline in the price trends. The region saw a significant disruption in the supply-demand equilibrium during the second half of the third quarter and throughout the fourth quarter. In the second half of the fourth quarter, the prices increased slightly as a result of a rise in production and energy costs. The demand also saw a surge from the downstream industries and thus, the quarter showcased mixed sentiments towards the prices of the commodity.
Due to dwindling consumer confidence, the North American market for plasticizers varied in the third quarter. The market showcased unfavourable conditions and delayed offtakes from the downstream industries leading to the decline in the prices of the commodity. The local demand was weak, but some manufacturers stocked up ample inventory in advance due to indications of severe weather alerts which led to an overflow in stock volume during the third quarter. A shift in feedstock prices, consumer outlook, inflationary pressure, and fluctuating currency value led to mixed sentiments in the price trend shown by the fourth quarter. The second half of the quarter witnessed a surge in inventories with a noticeable drop in orders which kept the market on a negative growth side.
The prices of Plasticizers are likely to remain volatile during the coming month given the continuous shift in feedstock prices, fluctuating offtakes, and stabilizing demand from the end-user industries.
Plasticizers Price Trend For the First Half of 2022
The price trends for plasticizers showed an upwards trend in the the Asia-Pacific region during the first quarter owing to the domestic polymer segment's increased demand for the product as a result of better offtakes from China’s construction sector. In India, the price of dioctyl phthalate ( a commonly used plasticizer) averaged 1681 USD/MT CFR JNPT during the first quarter. The prices saw an increase of 5% during the second quarter in India due to the strong demand from construction and automobile sectors.
Due to increased local and international demand, plasticizers prices in Europe increased. The petrochemicals market was impacted by the post-war situation in east-Europe, severe inflation, and crude oil supply limitations, which led to a substantial increase in the price of feedstocks.After the midpoint of the first quarter, product prices gradually increased until June. The construction and automotive industries downstream experienced steady demand during the period.
Plasticizers prices rose sharply in Q1 2022 as a result of the sharp rise in crude oil prices and improved downstream demand. The price of dioctyl phthalate averaged 1875 USD/MT towards the end of first sector.
The increase in upstream value prices and the strengthening domestic market demand were the main factors influencing this price shift. During the second quarter, plasticizers’ demand from the automotive and construction industries remained stable, hence the price trend for plasticizers stayed stable during the second quarter of 2022.
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A Plasticiser or dispersant refers to an additive that decreases the viscosity, or simply reduces the plasticity of a material, usually a plastic. Plasticiser enhances the flexibility and resilience of a material to which it is added. Thus, these are the substances that are added to modify or change physical properties of materials. They are widely used in PVC applications and rubber manufacturing. Plasticizers can either be liquids with low volatility or solids.
|Industrial Uses||PVCs, Adhesives and inks, Synthetic resins, Perfumery, Rubber products, Antiplasticisers, Ester Plasticizers, Concrete and other building materials, Energetic materials (like rocket propellants)|
|Supplier Database||Evonik Industries AG, BASF SE, Arkema S.A, ExxonMobil Corporation, Eastman Chemical Company, INEOS Capital Limited, Indo-Nippon Chemical Co. Ltd, The Dow Chemical Company|
|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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Plasticizers are prepared when a dibasic acid such as phthalic anhydride reacts with an alcohol in the presence of a catalyst to form an ester. Once the reaction is over, catalyst and obtained byproducts are separated, and excess alcohol and residual water are removed from the product to obtain Plasticiser, which is further treated with activated carbon to enhance its purity.
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