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Implications for Benzoic Acid Excipient Pricing Strategies in the US as Q1 Ends
Implications for Benzoic Acid Excipient Pricing Strategies in the US as Q1 Ends

Implications for Benzoic Acid Excipient Pricing Strategies in the US as Q1 Ends

  • 16-Apr-2024 3:00 PM
  • Journalist: Patricia Jose Perez

Throughout the first quarter of 2024, a sustained increase in end-user consumption of Benzoic Acid Excipient, especially in North America, was observed and anticipated to remain robust in the coming period. This upsurge was driven by continuous downstream inquiries and limited product availability, indicating a renewed sense of confidence and stability in the market. However, some exporting nations experienced fluctuations, with weakened production momentum and limited trader activity for Benzoic Acid Excipient evident during the middle of the quarter. Consequently, with the resumption of production post-Lunar New Year festivities, constrained inventories, and a persistent uptick in demand, the US market was compelled to adjust Benzoic Acid Excipient prices to remain competitive in the market in the wake of these challenges.

Additionally, firm inflation rates have been a significant factor influencing Benzoic Acid price fluctuations in the US market. This is primarily attributed to rising housing and energy prices, according to the Labor Department's report. The consumer price index, a crucial inflation gauge, rose by 3.5% in March, surpassing expectations and indicating an acceleration in inflation. Energy costs increased by 1.1% following a 2.3% rise in February, while shelter costs rose by 0.4% month-on-month and by 5.7% from a year ago. This rise in energy costs, combined with persistent difficulties in the availability of feed Toluene, has kept overall production costs elevated, thereby resulting in higher prices for the end-product such as Benzoic Acid Excipient.

Compounding the situation, inadequate inventories and delayed fresh supplies further exacerbated the price surge in exporting regions. This prompted market players in the US to resort to bulk orders to secure sufficient stocks, intensifying upward price pressure. Additionally, another significant catalyst for the surge in Benzoic Acid Excipient prices was the continuous rise in Toluene prices, a raw material of the product. Moreover, as manufacturers are compelled to uphold elevated prices amidst heightened demand and decreased operating rates, the global Benzoic Acid Excipient market is on the brink of substantial disruptions in the forthcoming months. Stakeholders must implement proactive measures to navigate these demanding market conditions and ensure the uninterrupted flow of their commodities including Benzoic Acid Excipient.

Foremost among these influences are the warmer weather conditions witnessed since January 2024, which have spurred economic activities, thereby driving an upward trend in Benzoic Acid Excipient prices. Additionally, climatic hurdles such as supply chain disruptions, notably exemplified by the risk of bottlenecking encountered along the Mississippi River, have compounded challenges for various commodities like Benzoic Acid Excipient. The combination of hot, arid spring conditions and minimal winter snowpack diminishes water levels in the river, posing significant threats to vital trade transportation routes. This poses potential implications for the overall supply-demand balance of various commodities, including excipients, further bolstering the ongoing upward trajectory in Benzoic Acid Excipient prices.

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