Polybutylene terephthalate Prices, markets & analysis
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The Asian polybutylene terephthalate (PBT) market saw limited changes in demand and supply conditions over the third quarter of the year, with prices largely remaining within the range of $1.80-1.85/kg CIF (cost, insurance and freight) northeast (NE) Asia.
Persistently lacklustre demand brought about by gloomy macroeconomic conditions in some parts of Asia, along with the annual monsoon season in India, weighed on trading activity. Declines in crude prices seen during September also prompted bearish market sentiment.
Most buyers maintained a cautious stance and held on to lower buying ideas, but fluctuations in upstream purified terephthalic acid (PTA) prices led sellers to hold on firmly to their offers on the basis of cost pressure and squeezed margins. This resulted in a stalemate in which buyers bought strictly on a need-to basis to prevent losses.
On the supply front, regional producers continued to monitor operating rates at their PBT units carefully, especially since earlier start-ups in the second quarter in China had worsened the supply overhang situation.
Updated to Q3 2014
Our weekly report covering the Asian PBT market enables you to monitor price and market movements, allowing you to anticipate where prices are heading and to plan your trades to optimise your margins on a global scale.
This dedicated report on PBT gives users in-depth insights into the various factors influencing prices of this increasingly commoditised product.
What the report covers
- - Market summary and outlook for the Asian PBT market
- - Price assessments for India and northeast Asian countries
- - Overview of PBT supply and demand, and key market drivers
- - News coverage and updates on Asia’s production capability, including plant capacities, maintenance work and shutdowns
- - Analysis of the trade dynamics in India and key northeast Asian countries
- - Feedstock prices and market updates for butanediol (BDO), dimethyl terephthalate (DMT) and purified terephthalic acid (PTA)
ICIS collects pricing data on a wide range of chemical, energy and fertilizer products, including Polybutylene terephthalate. Our extensive experience in price reporting means we can offer you access to historical data dating back more than 20 years for certain commodities.
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Polybutylene terephthalate or PBT is a semi-crystalline, white or off-white polyester similar in both composition and properties to polyethylene terephthalate (PET). It has slightly lower strength and stiffness than PET. PBT is softer, but it has higher impact strength and very similar chemical resistance. It is usually preferred for industrial scale moulding due to quicker crystallising. It is widely used in electronic, electrical, communications, fibre optics and automotive industries.