Butadiene - C4s Prices, markets & analysis
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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 Q2 2015
New butadiene (BD) capacity in Europe is expected to be fully operational in the second quarter, and producers are hoping that demand will improve both domestically and for export in order to help balance European systems. However, there is little expectation of a structural improvement in the major derivative styrene butadiene rubber (SBR) market, so producers may have to continue light feedstock cracking, co-cracking or hydrogenating of crude C4.
Exporting to the US is not a particularly attractive option as supply is ample. With steady-to-soft demand from the major SBR market and production issues in other downstream markets, the extra length could weigh down on US BD prices. Nevertheless, market participants are monitoring developments in the Asia market for any signs of a sustainable pick-up in market conditions.
In Asia, BD spot prices are likely to rise further, driven mostly by balanced-to-tight supply from both planned and unplanned plant shutdowns in the region. Several crackers are scheduled to shut in northeast Asia for maintenance, while technical glitches at several crackers in southeast Asia are limiting spot availability.
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Butadiene/Crude C4 Methodology
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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