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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 Q4 2014
European butanediol (BDO) contracts settled at a €45-60/tonne decrease in the fourth quarter of 2014.
Contract prices were assessed at €1,940-1,970/tonne FD (free delivered) NWE (northwest Europe).
Prices softened on the back of a long market, quietness of the last quarter of the year and the price gap between European material and Asian imports.
Producers used the weak euro against the US dollar, decreasing capacity and increasing spot prices in China, as well as the €32/tonne increase in the Q4 price of feedstock methanol, to agree smaller decreases.
The market remains structurally long, according to some buyers, but producers spoke of a continuously good demand throughout the quarter despite the traditional slowdown at the end of the year.
However, this seemed to be representative of contractual agreements, while some spot sellers and distributors of imported BDO were struggling to allocate material in Europe, according to sources.
Some buyers, however, spoke of competitively priced imported material from Asia and the Middle East, playing an important role in Europe and putting pressure on local producers.
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