Methyl Isobutyl Ketone (MIBK) Prices Overview

Market Overview

Quarterly Update on Global Methyl Isobutyl Ketone (MIBK) Market
For the Quarter Ending September 2020
The Asian MIBK market witnessed consistent demand from almost all the end-use sectors, majorly rubber tyre producers and the paints & coatings sector by the end of third quarter. Due to COVID-19 pandemic, the majority of production plants which became non-operational in Q2 resumed their operations near to the end Q3. China’s Ningbo Zhenyang started its 15,000 tonnes/year plant by the closing of Q3. Supply remained impacted as several leading players delayed resumption in their production lines. PetroChina Jilin delayed the restart of its 15,000 tonnes/year plant till October, from the earlier scheduled September. This triggered a marked shortage in the supply of MIBK in the region. Firming crude supported by nagging production helped in pushing the prices upward since the August end.
North America
The North American MIBK demand in the US and other American countries was noted to be constant during the third quarter. Strong pick-up in the upstream Propylene and crude oil further further rendered an inclining trend to the regional MIBK prices. Lack of movement across the region in Q2 dure to trade related restrictions was seen easing by the mid of Q3. Slowdown in the downstream construction and paints & coating sector in the US significantly reduced the overall MIBK consumption which however is anticipated to trace back to pre-COVID era towards the year-
Shortage in the product supply was reported in Q3 on account of halted imports from the Asian countries like China which was heard dedicatedly ramping up feedstock exports over derivatives. Plant turnarounds amid surging COVID-19 cases exacerbated the supply shortage in the region during Q2 and Q3. However, increasing demand and recovering dynamics in the downstream paints & coatings and automotive sectors bolstered the overall producer run rates towards the end of Q3. 

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Methyl Isobutyl Ketone (MIBK) is the organic compound with the chemical representation (CH₃)₂CHCH₂CCH₃. It is a flammable, colorless, stable liquid which is widely used as a solvent or chemical intermediate in gums, pharmaceuticals, resins, other chemicals, and industrial cleaner production globally. It is also used in the production of paints, inks, and other type of surface coating as it is highly efficient in dissolving resins used in their manufacturing processes. The conventional method to produce MIBK involves aldol condensation of acetone and its derivative intermediates viz. diacetone alcohol and mesityl oxide. It is also naturally found in oranges, grapes, and vinegar. There are wide range of consumer products that contain MIBK including aerosol paints, coatings used in construction, and automobile and machinery paints and primers. Additionally, MIBK has application in the agricultural sector as it is used in insecticides to protect crops from insects etc.