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Nonylphenol Ethoxylates Prices Show Bearish Trend in Germany Due to Sluggish Terminal Demand
Nonylphenol Ethoxylates Prices Show Bearish Trend in Germany Due to Sluggish Terminal Demand

Nonylphenol Ethoxylates Prices Show Bearish Trend in Germany Due to Sluggish Terminal Demand

  • 10-Aug-2023 12:57 PM
  • Journalist: Shiba Teramoto

Hamburg, Germany: At the forefront of Europe, Germany spearheads global chemical demand with top-tier sales, exports, investments, and research initiatives. The Russia-Ukraine conflict, followed by surging inflation and soaring energy costs, has cast a shadow over chemical demand in Germany. These challenges have collectively subdued the once-vibrant industry, requiring strategic solutions to reignite growth. Within Germany, inflationary pressures have cast a pall over the surfactant and detergent industry, leading to a decline in demand. The waning demand from the surfactant and detergent sector has triggered a downward spiral in Nonylphenol Ethoxylates prices. The Nonylphenol Ethoxylates market has experienced a notable price contraction with reduced orders.

The ChemAnalyst database has shown that the prices of Nonylphenol Ethoxylates plummeted by USD 50 per ton on the week ending 04th August 2023. The reduction in inquiries from the downstream surfactant and detergents sector has been responsible for the dip reflected in Nonylphenol Ethoxylates. According to Q2 financial results released by one of the leading manufacturers of Nonylphenol Ethoxylates, Royal Dutch Shell, the adjusted earnings and adjusted EBITDA for chemicals and products have been settled at $0.4 billion and $1.3 billion, down from $1.8 billion and $3.1 billion in the Q1 2023, respectively amidst weak low purchases and weak market fundamentals. Moreover, the shipping company AP Moller-Maersk has cautioned about a more pronounced decrease in worldwide demand for maritime shipping containers in the current year. This warning stems from subdued economic expansion and customers scaling back their inventory levels.

Furthermore, despite the ease in energy prices, the inflation in Germany has slightly adjusted to 6.2% in Germany, well above the target of 2% specified by the European Central Bank. Since July of the previous year, there has been an increase of four percentage points in key interest rates. Currently, the deposit rate of the European Central Bank stands at 3.50 percent, which marks the highest level seen since 2001. Inflationary pressures have diminished the purchasing power of industries in Germany, consequently decreasing the prices of Nonylphenol Ethoxylates. As Nonylphenol Ethoxylates businesses have faced reduced purchases and lower profit margins, the outcome has been an adjustment in pricing dynamics for Nonylphenol Ethoxylates.

According to the pricing intelligence of ChemAnalyst, the demand from the downstream surfactant and detergent industries is not likely to improve in the forthcoming weeks and will continue to pressure the price realizations of Nonylphenol Ethoxylates to remain on the lower end. In addition, the upcoming holiday season in Europe is also anticipated to limit the procurement of Nonylphenol Ethoxylates in the wake of the lower operating rates of manufacturing firms and adequate stock availability.

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