Butanediol Prices, markets & analysis
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Butanediol or BDO is an intermediate product, a colourless and almost odourless viscous liquid.
Around 32% of BDO production goes into engineering thermoplastic PBT, with another 32% going to the manufacture of tetrahydrofuran which is used to make Lycra or spandex.
It is used industrially as a solvent and in the manufacture of some types of plastics and polyurethanes. It ultimately goes into textiles, clothing items items and footwear such as running shoes.
BDO feedstocks are acetylene and formaldyhide, butane via maleic anhydride, butadiene, and propylene oxide.
Around two thirds of the BDO market is captive and more than half off the remaining third is tied up in long-term contracts.
Global demand and pricing is driven by the key Asian market. European pricing has recently reached record levels.
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Butanediol: Market overview
Updated to Q1 2015
Europe butanediol (BDO) Q1 prices are expected to decline in the first quarter of the year on the back of a long market and decreasing feedstock prices. The euro has recently reached a nine-year low versus the dollar which is likely to discourage some Asian suppliers from targeting the eurozone. The demand outlook remains healthy.
The Asia BDO market is expected to be under pressure in the first quarter as the increasing new capacity may cause a reduction in BDO prices. China’s Inner Mongolia Dongyuan Scien-Tech delayed the start-up of its 100,000 tonne/year BDO plant to 2015, which will weigh on market sentiment.
US BDO markets finished the year contemplating the effects of falling crude oil prices on the entire petrochemical chain. Q1 BDO negotiations are in full swing and even producers admit that prices will decline 5 cents/lb ($110/tonne) or more this quarter. In contrast, demand has been steady, boosted by a booming automotive market and overall good economic conditions in the US.
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Butanediol (BDO) is a colourless and almost odourless viscous liquid. This hygroscopic diol is soluble in water, alcohols, esters, ketones, glycol ethers and glycol ether acetates; immiscible in aliphatic and aromatic hydrocarbons and diethylether.
BDO is a chemical intermediate used in the production of polymers, solvents and fine chemicals.
The largest consumer is tetrahydrofuran (THF), used to make polytetramethylene ether glycol (PTMEG) which goes into spandex fibres, urethane elastomers and copolyester ethers. The next largest outlet is polybutylene terephthalate (PBT).
Sizeable quantities of BDO go into the manufacture of gamma-butyrolactone (GBL), which has outlets in electronics and high-performance polymers.