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Butyl Acetate Overview Transcript
Buyl Acetate is mainly used in paint manufacturing and in the automotive industry. It is also used as glue in wood coatings and nail care, cosmetics and perfumes and as an extraction solvent for pharmaceuticals.
Buyl acetate’s key feedstocks are butanol and acetic acid
The main European producers are INEOS, OXEA, and BASF. Product can also be seen in Northwest Europe from Russia’s Eurochem and from Celanese in the US.
Producers generally agree contracts direct with the larger customers and have contracts with the distribution network to deliver to the medium and smaller buyers.
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Butyl acetate: Market overview
Updated to Q2 2016
European butyl acetate (butac) spot prices slipped during the first quarter of 2016 as a result of lower costs for feedstock propylene. Already-compressed margins are likely to see butac producers target April price hikes on the back of expectations of higher propylene costs. However, upward pressure on prices could be tempered by a balanced-to-long market and mediocre demand.
Some US butyl acetate (butac) contract-price recovery is expected during the second quarter, but the period began slowly with talk that April price-hike initiatives of 3-5 cents/lb ($66-110/tonne) would be challenged. Most sources, however, said they expect to pay slightly more in April on potential upstream pressure and anticipated higher demand during the US peak spring and summer coatings season.
In Asia, spot prices should be backed by an improvement in downstream demand and cutbacks in production in key market China. However, gains are likely to be curbed as demand slows from May onwards. Movement in upstream feedstock prices and crude oil values would also be expected to impact the general price direction of butac.
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Butyl Acetate Methodology
About Butyl acetate
Butyl acetate is a colourless liquid with a fruity banana odour that is commonly used as a solvent in the production of lacquers, inks and adhesives. It is highly flammable and miscible with common organic solvents such as alcohols, ketones, glycols and esters.
Butyl acetate is mainly used as a solvent in the production of paints and lacquers, inks, adhesives and hardened coatings. It is used in the pharmaceutical industry as a solvent and extraction agent, and used to purify penicillin.
Other uses include cosmetics and personal care products, fragrance solvent for perfumes, cleaning and car care products.
The main process for the manufacture of butyl acetate involves the esterification of butanol and acetic acid in the presence of a catalyst such as sulphuric acid.