Amid Active End-use Demand, US Nonylphenol Ethoxylates Prices Witness Buoyancy in Early Q2 2024
Amid Active End-use Demand, US Nonylphenol Ethoxylates Prices Witness Buoyancy in Early Q2 2024

Amid Active End-use Demand, US Nonylphenol Ethoxylates Prices Witness Buoyancy in Early Q2 2024

  • 17-Apr-2024 3:29 PM
  • Journalist: Li Hua

Hamburg, Germany:  At the onset of the second quarter of 2024, the regional market has witnessed a notable upswing in the prices of Nonylphenol Ethoxylates. The uptick follows considerations by OPEC+ nations to extend their production cuts into Q2 2024, impacting the pricing dynamics of various chemicals, including Nonylphenol Ethoxylates. Furthermore, Germany's chemical industry, a key player in the global market, has encountered significant challenges in recent quarters, exerting pressure on the market performance of crucial raw materials like Nonylphenol Ethoxylates. Despite these challenges, the Asian Nonylphenol Ethoxylates market has shown resilience, with an uptick in demand from downstream industries, particularly the Personal Care sector, driving the price trend upwards.

The ChemAnalyst database has shown that the prices of US Nonylphenol Ethoxylates have demonstrated an increment of USD 20 per ton in the week ending 12th April compared to the prices observed at the start of April 2024. The spike in Nonylphenol Ethoxylates prices is primarily driven by a surge in demand from downstream Personal Care industries, which has substantially boosted overall market sentiment. Market sources have indicated that reduced manufacturing activities in the USA have led to constrained availability of finished goods, further fueling the price uptrend. Additionally, escalating palm oil prices, a key upstream component for Nonylphenol Ethoxylates, have also played a role in bullish market sentiments. As a result, to protect profit margins amidst the backdrop of active downstream demand, hiked upstream prices, and limited stock availability, manufacturers have opted to maintain high Nonylphenol Ethoxylate prices.

Furthermore, there has been a noticeable strengthening of pricing power in the market. Producers have responded by increasing average selling prices at the fastest pace seen in 11 months, a strategic move aimed at mitigating higher costs and ensuring sustainability in the face of evolving market dynamics. On the other hand, demand from the Chinese market has also been picking up pace amid an improvement in manufacturing activities across the nation. According to the National Bureau of Statistics, China's Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) expanded to 50.8 in March 2024 from 49.1 in February. This marked the first expansion in factory activity in six months and the sharpest pace of growth in a year, driven by Beijing's continued efforts to stimulate economic growth.

According to ChemAnalyst pricing intelligence, Nonylphenol Ethoxylates prices are expected to remain elevated across regional markets. The increase in raw material prices and anticipated improvement in demand from downstream Personal Care industries are likely to support this Nonylphenol Ethoxylates upward trend in the coming weeks. Furthermore, market participants anticipate that the normalization of demand will stimulate enhancements in Nonylphenol Ethoxylates volume production and pricing, with existing trends indicating a demand resurgence in the second quarter.

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