Quarterly update on global Linear Alpha Olefins
For the Quarter Ending December 2020
In the Asia Pacific region, overall demand for LAO marginally increased, as some countries like China received some good demand while its consumption in several Northeast Asian countries remained dull. Dow, one of the world’s leading olefins supplier revealed that they received appreciable offtakes of LAO from downstream Polyethylene sector specifically by Sadara, Kuwait and Thai joint venture due to the consistent upliftment in its polyethylene profit margins. Consequently, the average product prices were also increased by 8% in Q4 2020 compared to the previous quarter. In the Indian market, CFR prices of LAO C20-C24 increased from USD 366.83 USD to 464.16 per MT from October to December.
For North America region, Dow revealed that, in USA & Canada, the demand for packaging and speciality chemicals marginally declined due to the regional impact of hurricane outage in November, but the overall demand for LAO in the final quarter was deemed good. Some olefins like C4-C8 which are used in packaging and plastics sector faced extraordinary demand that let to increase in its prices by 8% from the previous quarter. Exxon Mobil, another leading supplier of LAO also revealed that, they observed appreciable sales from downstream LAO segments, moving from Q3 to Q4 2020.
During the final quarter of 2020, imports from USA faced severe disruption due to the adverse seasonal hurricanes specially in November, which created supply shortage and contributed to hike the prices of downstream Polyethylene and Polypropylene in the packaging industry. Exxon Mobil also showed that in the final quarter 2020, production of petroleum products as well as olefins downstream products remained low compared to same quarter of 2019, due to the second wave of COVID-19 in several parts.
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