A simple one carbon alcohol used as a solvent, cleaning agent, and denaturant. With the shale oil revolution in the US, new "low-cost" methanol plants are opening in the US to take advantage of inexpensive feedstocks.
Methanol is used overseas as a fuel additive to gasoline (much like the US uses ethanol). High gasoline prices usually drives higher methanol prices globally.
Upstream Materials/Building Blocks:
*Note: Much of China's coal comes from Australia; in the past, flooding in Australia has impacted coal availability in China.
Other Building Blocks:
Down Stream Consumer of Methanol:
* Demand fluctuations i can impact pricing and availability of the other materials.