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Butadiene C4s Overview
Butadiene is a gas and belongs to the olefin group of petrochemicals.
It is a very versatile raw material and is used to make synthetic rubbers, polymer resins and a wide variety of other chemical intermediates.
The largest uses for butadiene are as a feedstock for styrene butadiene rubber (SBR) and butadiene rubber (BR), both components in the tyre industry. It’s also used to make acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) which also has a wide variety of uses in the automotive sector amongst others.
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Butadiene - C4s: Market overview
Updated to Q3 2015
Butadiene (BD) spot prices in Asia is expected to weaken in the third quarter of 2015 because of an ease in supply and slowing demand.
Several crackers in northeast Asia are expected to resume production by the end of July while demand from the downstream synthetic rubber makers is expected to slow on weak market conditions.
European butadiene supply is expected to lengthen. Production constraints which kept a tight balance in the second quarter are expected to be fully resolved by the second half of July, Additionally, new capacities in Belgium and in Germany are now fully online.
Reliance on export markets, particularly to Asia, will remain a key feature for the health of the European market throughout the third quarter. Domestic demand is seen as flat to mildly positive, but Q3 is typically the slow season for main derivative synthetic rubber.
US BD market participants expect the recent supply tightness to ease in the domestic market. Severe weather in Q2 had resulted in BD supply issues along the US Gulf coast. The issues were said to be mostly resolved by July. Meanwhile, demand is expected to remain relatively steady, similar to the same period last year.
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About Butadiene - C4s
Butadiene is a colourless, non corrosive liquefied gas with a mild aromatic or gasoline-like odour. It is slightly soluble in water, more soluble in methanol and ethanol, and soluble in most common organic solvents such as acetone, ether, benzene, and cyclohexane. It readily polymerises in the presence of sodium or oxygen.
Butadiene is used to produce synthetic rubbers and polymer resins, as well as a few chemical intermediates. The largest uses are styrene butadiene rubber (SBR) and polybutadiene rubber (BR), mostly used in tyres and automobiles.
The major source of butadiene is as a byproduct in the steam cracking of naphtha and gas oil to make ethylene and propylene. The butadiene is extracted from the C4 cracker stream using extractive distillation.
Other uses include acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS) resins, styrene-butadiene latex and block copolymers, nitrile rubber, and adiponitrile (ADN).
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