Market Advisory Service - Global Methanol

  • Market Overview
  • Strategic Analysis
  • Key Features

Market Overview

Duration: Short-term – 2-year price forecast and market outlook

As we approach 2024, the market dynamics of methanol and its main derivatives are influenced by various factors, including fluctuating feedstock prices, environmental regulations, tariffs and duties, and supply-demand balances. Relevant methanol downstream markets are traditional chemical derivatives such as acetic acid, formaldehyde, methyl methacrylate and solvents; fuels markets such as the direct blending of methanol into gasoline; biodiesel; DME and MTBE; and Methanol to Olefins or MTO. The industry is also closely watching the development of methanol demand as a marine fuel and low-carbon methanol production.

Geopolitical tensions and trade policies continue to shape the global supply chain landscape, making the trade dynamics a crucial area of focus. Moreover, the impact of new methanol capacity in locations such as the US, mainland China, Iran and Malaysia is likely to lead to an oversupplied market in the short term. How hard these assets run and how soon the new capacity is absorbed by demand growth will influence the health of the global business.

Strategic Analysis

Duration: Short-term – 2-year price forecast and market outlook

The Global Methanol service provides insight into the fast-paced global methanol market. Clients receive timely information that is necessary for those involved with the production, consumption and investment in the methanol industry. Included is extensive commentary on pricing and market conditions for methanol, MTBE, acetic acid and formaldehyde in the U.S., West Europe, Asia/Pacific and other regions where pertinent events occur.

It provides a comprehensive monthly market price, supply, demand, trade data and in-depth analysis for methanol, at a regional and global level.

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Key Features

Duration: Short-term – 2-year price forecast and market outlook


Contract and spot price summary with a brief review of current market conditions.

  • Methanol


The report discusses current regional and global market conditions and pricing trends for methanol, offering an analysis of their immediate impacts. It features analysis of short-term arbitrage opportunities and highlights industry outages, all of which are immediately relevant to international marketers, consumers and traders. It also mentions any recent announcements of new methanol or derivative capacity projects and orders of methanol-ready ships.
Publication Timing: Friday afternoon US time


This report provides an extensive summary of the previous month’s methanol market. It includes detailed import/export data for major countries, operating schedules for major facilities producing methanol, quarterly supply/demand balances and price forecasts updated monthly, cash cost analysis for key regions, import/export statistics and production economics. It also mentions any announcements made in the previous month of new methanol or derivative capacity projects and orders of methanol-ready ships.
Publication Timing: Near the beginning of the month


This report delves into additional research on crucial and current issues confronting the methanol industry. Previous subjects of analysis include the Impact of the Russian-Ukraine Conflict on the Global Methanol Market; Sustainable Methanol; The China Methanol Market, Volatile feedstock prices and COVID-19; and Methanol in a low crude oil price environment.
Publication Timing: Periodic


Personal telephone and/or email discussions, and meetings on the subject matter covered in the monthly report.


Short-term production news updates, production statistics, plant-by-plant operating schedules, and long-term structural supply changes. End-use analysis across the diverse range of end-use sectors plus macro industry trend analysis.

  • North America
  • Northeast Asia
  • West Europe
  • Methanol


  • Africa
  • Asia
  • Commonwealth of Independent States
  • Europe
  • Indian Subcontinent
  • Middle East
  • North America
  • South America
  • Methanol


Each webinar will cover a review of events in North America, Europe/Middle East, and Asia. Furthermore, each webinar will include commentary on relevant market events and any industry “hot topics”, such as significant industry outages, feedstock price movements, global economic shifts, geopolitical issues, trade wars, etc. It will also give clients the opportunity to raise questions in real time to the Subject Matter Experts.
Publication Timing: Periodic. Usually every 6 months

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