Europe butyl acrylate prices likely to firm on supply limitations

03 July 2013 16:23  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--Butyl acrylate (butyl-A) players in Europe expect to see a rise in July contract prices, while spot prices are largely unchanged since last week, sources said on Wednesday.

Producers are targeting increases of up to €90/tonne ($117/tonne) for butyl-A contracts in July, on limited availability. Targets for acrylic acid (AA) and other esters vary from a rollover to hikes of up to €50/tonne.

Demand from the end-use coatings and adhesives sectors is stable, and general esters supply is balanced with consumption levels.

The July feedstock propylene contract price rolled over.

Butyl-A spot prices are at €1,550-1,630/tonne FD (free delivered). The range is steady with prices last week, but prices have risen by €80-120/tonne since the end of May.

Contract negotiations are underway.

($1 = €0.77)

By: Helena Strathearn
+44 208 652 3214

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