Iso Propyl Alcohol Prices Overview

Market Overview

Quarterly Update on Global Isopropyl Alcohol Market
For the Quarter Ending September 2020
Asia Pacific Isopropanol (IPA) demand eased in July-Sep quarter after registering a historic Q2 surge as an outcome of the demand boom due to its growing usage in rubbing alcohol and hand sanitizers.  Market sentiments turned bearish as IPA’s major downstream sectors viz. construction and automotive were still grappling with poor margins amid retreating economy. Prices were more or less stagnant throughout the quarter, resisting further gains due to tapering demand for disinfectant products as several Asian economies showed abrupt downfall in per-day COVID-19 cases. Moreover, the news of shutdown of a Chinese acetone-based IPA manufacturing unit for scheduled maintenance raised the Asian sentiments. Firming feedstock, Acetone largely contributed to the uptrend observed in the Southern Asia prices where IPA which were traded in the range of USD 1200-1300 per MT in the period.
Demand for IPA in the European Union seemed eager to find balance between ample inventories and resilient buying as manufacturing of hand gels and disinfectants started to recede in Q3 after surging exponentially in Q2. Europe is a net importer of IPA. Imports from Asia flooded the region starting May until September, where prices rose amid higher Acetone prices. Demand was heard further pressured as some hand-gel producers preferred substituting IPA with ethanol, a cheaper counterpart. Moreover, dampened industrial consumption due to muted activity in the paints and coatings further pressured the market sentiments as the second wave of COVID-19 was being heard wreaking havoc in the region.
North America
The third quarter showed mixed results as several small IPA producers in the region who started IPA manufacturing to pace with the COVID-led skyrocketing demand began to wind up their production. Several players started maintaining curtailed operating rates as the demand for hand sanitizers, which is still higher year on year, started falling as sanitizer production dipped considerably. FOB US Gulf prices of IPA, which remained the star product of 2020, surged to USD 1300 per MT amid higher shipping costs observed particularly for containers from Asia and firming Acetone values.

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Isopropyl alcohol (IPA), also known as Isopropanol, is a clear, colorless liquid, possessing an alcoholic odor. It is a medium evaporating low-cost solvent, possessing complete miscibility with most solvents. Based on applications, IPA has several grades specially selected on the basis of purity and odor. It has proven microbial, anti-bacterial, anti-infectant properties making it suitable to be used in the cosmetics and toiletries. It is also widely used as a low-cost solvent in many industries such as pharmaceuticals, coatings and inks, specialty chemicals and as an extractant. Some important chemical derivatives manufactured from IPA include methyl isobutyl ketone (MIBK), isopropylamines and isopropyl esters. IPA can be produced either from Propylene, as a by-product from the operations of a naphtha cracker, from acetone, or as a by-product from producing phenol. Two main routes are used to produce IPA commercially. The traditional method involves indirect hydration of refinery-grade propylene (RGP) using sulfuric acid to form isopropyl sulfate, which is then hydrolyzed with steam to form sulfuric acid and IPA. Another route is the direct hydration of chemical grade (90-99%) Propylene, without using sulfuric acid. Small amount of IPA is also produced by the hydrogenation of Acetone in aqueous medium. However, this process is only suitable where excess Acetone is available.