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The European Butanediol report is published weekly It contains one quarterly contract quote which is assessed on a free delivered North West Europe basis and in Euros per metric ton as well as a price conversion into US cents per pound the report shows price movements from the previous quarter and also shows the prices from the same period one year ago for reference.
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Updated to Q3 2014
European butanediol (BDO) third-quarter contract prices decreased by €40-45/tonne mostly on the back of price pressure from Asian imports.
Prices were assessed at €1,985-2,030/tonne FD (free delivered) NWE (northwest Europe).
The €90/tonne price decrease of feedstock methanol in Q3 was also quoted by some buyers as further justification for the agreed reduction.
Some producers, however, insisted that feedstock prices were not playing a crucial role in negotiations as the market is largely supply/demand driven.
There are mixed views on BDO availability in Europe. Buyers say the European market is oversupplied – according to some, this is a result of overcapacity in China affecting the rest of the world.
Sources on the sell-side, however, note that the volumes coming from Asia are not huge and the price gap is not too big when considering the transportation fee and the current strength of the dollar against the euro.
Some buyers agree there is not too much material coming from Asia, but say supply exceeds demand regardless.
Ashland and Sipchem had turnarounds in Q3 with sources largely agreeing those did not limit availability.
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