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April 4, 2017
 
China Methionine Weekly: Ample supply weakens market (week ended Apr 4, 2017)
 
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Price summary
 
Prices moved lower.
                      
Price quotes of imported dl-methionine dipped to the range of RMB22.30-23/kg, lower by RMB0.30-0.80/kg.
 
For liquid methionine*, price quotes stayed stable at RMB18.50-19/kg.
 

Weekly prices of dl-methionine in China

Area

Mar 21 - Mar 28
(RMB/kg)

Mar 29 - Apr 4
(RMB/kg)

Price change
(RMB/kg)

Guangzhou

23.50

22.70

-0.80

Chengdu

23.50

23.00

-0.50

Jinan

22.80

22.30

-0.50

Nanjing

23.00

22.70

-0.30

Shijiazhuang

23.00

22.50

-0.50

Zhengzhou

22.80

22.30

-0.50

Shenyang

22.80

22.50

-0.30

Beijing

23.00

22.50

-0.50

 

Weekly transacted prices of liquid methionine* in China

Area

Mar 21 - Mar 28
(RMB/kg)

Mar 29 - Apr 4
(RMB/kg)

Price change
(RMB/kg)

North

19.00

19.00

0.00

Central

19.00

19.00

0.00

South

18.50

18.50

0.00

Prices refer to delivered-to-feedmill prices, and are for reference only.
RMB1=US$0.1451 (Apr 4) 


*Commonly referred to in China as liquid methionine is methionine hydroxyl analogue, a liquid source of supplemental methionine. 
 
 
Market analysis
 
Methionine demand improved as the broiler sector continued to recover with the support of pre-Qingming Festival buying.
 
However, supplies of methionine were ample in the market due to the industry's expansion over the past few years. Moreover, with Zhejiang NHU poised to commence production later this year, several buyers limited stockpiles in view of weak prices ahead.
 
Meanwhile, one chemical plant near Adisseo's methionine plant in Nanjing was on fire last Thursday. Several buyers increased stockpiles amid concerns that Adisseo's methionine production might be affected.
 
In Europe, prices of methionine for Q2 2017 deliveries were in the range of EUR2.37-2.50/kg.
 
Market forecast
 
Supplies of methionine are projected to be abundant in the longer term even if Adisseo's production in Nanjing decreased due to the fire in the nearby chemical plant. Prices may rise should availability tighten in the near term.
 
Nonetheless, with Zhejiang NHU's new plant set to start production this year, the imminent supply surge will hold down methionine prices.
 

 


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