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 first quarter of 2014 is expected to see higher prices for butadiene (BD) in Asia, Europe and the US, which are likely to be driven by supply rather than a significant improvement in demand.
In Asia, BD spot prices are likely to show moderate increases in the first quarter as buyers and traders are expected to re-stock after the Lunar New Year holidays and ahead of a heavy cracker shutdown schedule.
The key Chinese market is closed for at least one week for the Lunar New Year which starts on 31 January.
In Europe, the outlook for the first quarter is for a steady-to-improved market situation. Much will depend on economy-driven demand for major derivatives such as synthetic rubber. However, Europe does not expect any fundamental shifts in demand during the first quarter.
The US first-quarter outlook for BD is for higher prices and improving demand as buyers return to the market following year-end taxes.
BD is expected to be balanced to tight in the first quarter as the US cracker turnaround season begins and light feeds continue to dominate the feedslate.
Updated to mid-Jan 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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