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Stability Prevails in US and European 2-Ethylhexyl Acrylate Market Amid Economic Challenges and Downstream Fluctuations
Stability Prevails in US and European 2-Ethylhexyl Acrylate Market Amid Economic Challenges and Downstream Fluctuations

Stability Prevails in US and European 2-Ethylhexyl Acrylate Market Amid Economic Challenges and Downstream Fluctuations

  • 05-Jun-2024 2:04 PM
  • Journalist: Harold Finch

Hamburg, Germany: The 2-Ethylhexyl Acrylate market in the US and European regions is experiencing stability in their trend despite being affected by economic issues. The downstream Construction sector is facing challenges, however, the existing inventory levels of 2-Ethylhexyl Acrylate in the storage units are satisfactorily fulfilling the demand from the downstream sector and hence, resulting in the stable market scenario of the commodity.

In the German market, the 2-Ethylhexyl Acrylate is maintaining stability in their trend with the previous week at USD 1760/MT (FD-Hamburg), during the week ending on 31st May 2024. Providing support to the prices of 2-Ethylhexyl Acrylate is the feedstock Acrylic Acid market resulting in the stable production cost of the 2-Ethylhexyl Acrylate market. However, in the western suburbs of Frankfurt, excavators are preparing a plot of land between a motorway and a wooded park for the construction of 400 new apartments. This bustling activity is a rare sight in an industry eagerly awaiting a decrease in interest rates to regain momentum. The project was approved by Frankfurt's municipal housing group, ABG Holding, and its financial partner, LBBW Immobilien before the construction sector faced its current challenges. Russian invasion of Ukraine caused material costs to soar, which, coupled with subsequent inflation, led the European Central Bank (ECB) to rapidly increase interest rates. However, there may be a silver lining as the ECB is expected to begin lowering rates soon. The housing crisis in Europe is characterized by a sharp decline in sales, a shortage of new constructions, rising prices, and difficulties for first-time buyers trying to enter the market, affecting the Petrochemical market which are used in the construction industries including, 2-Ethylhexyl Acrylate market.

Despite these factors, the 2-Ethylhexyl Acrylate market is maintaining its stability due to the presence of ample inventory levels. Therefore, the trading activities and production rate of the 2-Ethylhexyl Acrylate market are aligned with the demand from the downstream sectors and are regulated so that the supply-demand equilibrium can be maintained.

Similarly, in the US market, the 2-Ethylhexyl Acrylate is witnessing a stable trend supported by the no major variation in production cost for the commodity due to the unchanged prices of the feedstock Acrylic Acid market. On the contrary, U.S. manufacturing activity declined for the second consecutive month in May, with new goods orders experiencing their steepest drop in nearly two years. Additionally, spending on construction projects unexpectedly fell in April, further signaling a gradual economic slowdown. With the Federal Reserve maintaining high interest rates to combat elevated inflation, spending on manufactured goods and capital projects has been weak. Construction spending also decreased for the second month in a row, and a continued gradual slowdown in the sector is anticipated. High borrowing costs and tight lending conditions are significant constraints, particularly affecting residential construction where affordability is a major issue. This has led to a decline in housing starts and building permits, which is expected to further dampen construction spending and lower the 2-Ethylhexyl Acrylate market. Therefore, the spread between Acrylic Acid and 2-Ethylhexyl Acrylate continued to maintain the same gap signaling the stability in the market scenario of the 2-Ethylhexyl Acrylate.

As per ChemAnalyst, the European nations are anticipated to experience an incline in their downstream Construction sector which might increase the demand for 2-Ethylhexyl Acrylate, due to the expected reduction in the interest rates which might boost the activities in the construction sector. However, the US market might witness a decline in their trend as due to the increasing borrowing cost and tight lending conditions, the construction sector might showcase a decline, affecting the 2-Ethylhexyl Acrylate market.

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