中国石化新闻网讯 据ICIS网站1月6日新加坡报道 考虑到东北亚地区精对苯二甲酸（PTA）和醋酸乙烯单体（VAM）行业的产能增加，亚洲乙酸市场今年的下游需求将更加强劲。
王磊 摘译自 ICIS
Asia’s acetic acid market sees firmer downstream demand
Asia’s acetic acid market will see firmer downstream demand this year, given capacity additions in the purified terephthalic acid (PTA) and vinyl acetate monomer (VAM) sectors in northeast Asia.
In South Korea, domestic consumption is set to grow as Korea Alcohol Industrial is considering to debottleneck its 120,000 tonne/year ethyl acetate plant by 10,000 tonnes/year in the first quarter of 2020.
This would raise its acetic acid demand to around 88,000 tonnes from the current 80,000 tonnes.
Separately, Lotte BP Chemical plans to start trial operation at its new 200,000 tonne/year VAM plant in Ulsan in October 2020.
In the tail end of 2019, the market found support on several fronts.
Earlier in December, spot acetic acid prices across Asia were depressed at three-year lows due to ample supply following the completion of plant turnarounds for the year, coupled with relatively high acetic acid plant utilization rates in China at 85-91% of capacity in the fourth quarter.