Methyl Ethyl Ketone (MEK) Prices Overview

Market Overview

Quarterly Update on Global Methyl Ethyl Ketone (MEK) Market
For the Quarter Ending September 2020
Several large-scale manufacturers of MEK maintained relatively low operating rates in July-September quarter against the backdrop of subdued domestic demand. Few of the manufacturers were heard adopting a wait and see approach in the second half of the quarter as majority of downstream industries were either shut or were running at reduced rates under the fears of demand uncertainty as a repercussion of coronavirus outbreak. In September, demand for MEK witnessed a marginal rebound in China as the government carried out several initiatives to uplift the sunken economy. However, it was not enough to sustain the market for a good amount of time and compelled China to again long for exports. In India, the revival of automotive industry by the end of September showcased much-needed hopes towards stability of MEK market in the near future. CFR prices for MEK in India were assessed around USD 1135 per MT, witnessing a decline by USD 25 per MT from the previous quarter.

Ample imports of MEK from Asia during Q3 of 2020 directed excess supply to the European market, leading to a sharp drag in its market fundamentals. Resumption in operations of the automotive industry did not provide the expected push to the MEK demand as the overall offtakes were still quite low as compared to pre-lockdown levels. In addition, feeble demand from paints and coatings applications due to limited construction activities further delayed the rebound of MEK market in Europe. However, consumption of MEK viably increased for furniture-related to adhesives in comparison to its other segments.

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Methyl Ethyl Ketone (MEK) is a colorless liquid of low viscosity and an Acetone like odor. Since MEK does not polymerize easily, it is preferred with various organic reagents and is also regarded as an ideal solvent for numerous industrial materials. MEK produces desired solutions having high solid content and low viscosity with natural and synthetic resin. The product is viably utilized as a high-quality solvent in adhesives, thinners, cleaning agents, printing inks and surface coating applications. Industrially, it is highly demanded in pharmaceuticals and as an intermediate in chemical industry. MEK occurs naturally in some of the foods such as beans, apple juice, chicken, honey and others. The conventional method for manufacturing MEK is via secondary butanol dehydrogenation. As per the new technology, MEK is manufactured by the direct oxidation of n-butene with cupric chlorides or palladium as catalysts. MEK can also be extracted as a by-product in the manufacturing process of butane-based acetic acid.