For the Quarter Ending September 2022
Alkyl Ether Sulfates prices in North America increased throughout the third quarter of 2022 because of higher feedstock prices which were exacerbated by supply problems. The market value of palm oil as a raw material rose during the quarter, driving upstream costs for the manufacturing of Alkyl Ether Sulphates and resulting in a hike in its price. The increasing demand from the downstream detergent and surfactant industries has also increased the price of Alkyl Ether Sulphates. Furthermore, rising energy prices, port congestions, vessel bunching, and yard occupancy disrupted the supply chain, which eventually caused the limited availability of the material in the country.
During the third quarter of 2022, Alkyl Ether Sulfates' price value in the Asia-Pacific region revealed mixed sentiments, supported by shifting feedstock prices. Alkyl Ether Sulfates (AES) pricing pattern, which was increasing in July, abruptly decreased in August and regained momentum in September. AES's value in the domestic market fluctuated due to the market value of the feedstock palm oil, which caused the upstream cost to remain unstable throughout the quarter. Additionally, the downstream demand from the detergent and surfactant sectors, which had been climbing in July and September, abruptly fell in August, which caused the market sentiments of Alkyl Ether Sulfates to move in the same direction.
The third quarter of 2022 saw an increase in the price of Alkyl Ether Sulfates in the European market due to rising feedstock costs. The market value of palm oil as a raw material increased throughout the quarter due to supply issues, which increased upstream expenses to produce alkyl ether sulfates and raised its price. Alkyl Ether Sulphates are now more expensive due to the rising demand from the detergent and surfactant industries upstream. Additionally, the supply chain was affected by rising energy prices, port backlogs, vessel bunching, and yard occupation, ultimately leading to the country's limited supply of materials.
For the Quarter Ending June 2022
During the second quarter of 2022, the price of Alkyl Ether Sulfates in North America continued to rise because of the rising feedstock value. Due to supply issues, the market value of Palm Oil as a raw material increased throughout the quarter, which propelled the upstream cost involved in Alkyl Ether Sulfates production, hence causing the surge in its price. The price of Alkyl Ether Sulfates has also increased due to the high demand from downstream detergent and surfactant industries. The price of Alkyl Ether Sulfates was further driven up by rising energy costs, increased freight costs, and clogged ports due to tensions surrounding the Russia-Ukraine war.
The price value of Alkyl Ether Sulfates showcased mixed sentiments in the Asia-pacific region during the second quarter of 2022, backed by fluctuating feedstock prices. The pricing trend of Alkyl Ether Sulfates (AES), which was incrementing in April, suddenly dropped in May and continued its downward motion till June. As feedstock palm oil's market value fluctuated throughout the quarter, it kept the upstream cost unstable, causing AES's flickered value in the domestic market. Furthermore, the downstream demand from detergent and surfactant industries which were rising till April suddenly started plunging in May and June, causing Alkyl Ether Sulfates market sentiments to proceed accordingly.
During the second quarter of 2022, prices for Alkyl Ether Sulfates decreased steadily in Europe in contrast to North America. Weak demand from end-user industries such as detergent and surfactant was the leading cause of this decline. The market value of Alkyl Ether Sulfates also declined because of sluggish consumer spending. Additionally, the stores were overflowing with excess stock, and the supply rate remained steady, which made the costs of Alkyl Ether Sulfates in the European market even more absurd. Altogether, weak offtake and consistent supply flow were the main reasons behind the plummeting price value of Alkyl Ether Sulfates (AES) in the domestic market.
Rising on high raw material cost and inflationary pressure, AES prices remained high throughout the quarter across US market during this period. Demand fundamentals for the product form the downstream surfactant segment remained stable despite pandemic related uncertainties strike global market. In addition, raw material price remained a matter of concern for most of the regional players, as imported cargoes were either getting cancelled or delayed due to container unavailability at Asia-US trade route. However, price remained buoyant and heard hovering around USD 1520/MT during December in USA.
Asian market kept on oscillating on the back of raw material scarcity amid logistics related issues. The price of AES effectively rose in Indian market during this timeframe, due to limited raw material availability and firm demand from the local market. Due to scarcity of raw material palm kernel oil, AES prices kept on rising during October and November, as demand for palm oil were high from other segments. Major surfactant and detergent manufacturers were compelled to raise their product costs, while logistical issues have exacerbated the overall dynamics. AES price hovered around USD 2071/MT during October in India. Meanwhile Chinese market faced other issues like rise in coal prices during monsoon season, and later implementation of dual energy policy in the country. Thus, AES also remained buoyant in Chinese market during this timeframe.
Surfactant sector maintained overall firmness stability during this timeframe too, as the domestic market was healing from prolonged pandemic related uncertainties. Furthermore, enormous surge in natural gas price increased the overall production cost for several commodities in the regional market. Meanwhile, low imports of raw material from Asia remained a matter of consideration, as it was leading to consistent hike in its prices. Furthermore, high freight cost and congestion across Asian market exacerbated the overall pricing dynamics of AES in the European market.