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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 Q1 2016
The European butanediol (BDO) market remained well supplied in the first quarter of 2016 with abundant availability contributing to a seventh quarterly price decrease in a row.
The Q1 price settled at a €70/tonne drop from the fourth quarter of 2015 at €1,580-1,590/tonne FD(free delivered) NWE (northwest Europe). The price reported by ICIS is pre-discounted.
Other factors influencing the drop included competitive offers from Asian suppliers as well as drops in the price of raw materials such as naphtha, propylene and methanol.
Throughout the quarter, however, there was a growing sentiment that the bottom was near after many price reductions. This was a result of a firming crude oil price, a much narrower arbitrage with Asia, healthy demand in Europe and thin production margins.
Prices in Asia remain a benchmark for many European buyers, despite suppliers in Europe repeatedly pointing out there is only a limited amount of Asian material imported into Europe.
Even though there is still a premium in Europe, sources indicated that it is possible to find matching or even lower spot offers from European sellers than those quoted by Asian importers of BDO.
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