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
The global picture for butadiene (BD) in Europe, Asia and the US is for the current balanced-to-tight conditions to prevail through the second quarter, although the tightness should lessen moving through the quarter.
In Europe, supply has been impacted by under-utilised cracker operations, light feedstock cracking and unplanned turnarounds at BD units. Technical issues in the US plants have impacted its local supply, but some relief has been seen in the form of Asian exports so far totalling about 25,000 tonnes in February-April, the bulk of which was to the US.
Prices are expected to be flat to firm in Europe and in the US, but there remain concerns about the less-than-buoyant performance of BD derivatives in the key Asian market. This is keeping a very cautious tone on the markets. However, there could be upward price pressure in Asia because of the heavy cracker turnaround slate – the majority of which is concentrated in the second quarter.
Updated to mid-April 2014
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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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