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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 Q4 2016
Separate US October butyl acetate (butac) price-hike efforts of 3-5 cents/lb ($66-110/tonne) are likely to be successful on pressure from the 6-cent/lb gain in September propylene. But pricing power is expected to weaken during the rest of the fourth quarter on likely softer upstream propylene and waning seasonal coatings demand. An upsurge in butac demand is expected early next year, ahead of the 2017 spring coatings season.
In Europe, butac players were unsure of price direction in the fourth quarter. While October is typically strong, recent supply issues have driven up prices in this usually stable market. Sources say producers are keen to recover margins on prices that had been previously static for months.
In Asia, butac spot prices gained ground in early October following sharp hikes in raw material values and increased cost pressure in China. Producers will likely be firm with prices as long as cost pressure continues amid slightly tighter spot supply. That momentum is expected to last until early November when seasonal demand slows toward the end of the year.
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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.