Polybutylene terephthalate Prices, markets & analysis
ICIS coverage of the polybutylene terephthalate (PBT) market in Asia will provide you with the information you need to stay updated on latest developments, allowing you to make more informed commercial decisions.
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Asia's polybutylene terephthalate (PBT) spot prices declined slightly throughout the second quarter, because of sluggish demand, persistent supply overhang in northeast Asia and bearish sentiment.
Upstream purified terephthalic acid (PTA) prices were firm, but lent little support to downstream PBT prices. On the other hand, spot prices of feedstock butanediol (BDO) were largely stable. Most PBT buyers continued to maintain a cautious approach and purchased cargoes strictly on a need-to basis, while some sellers maintained firmer offers in an attempt to safeguard margins.
In China, average plant operating rate was at 29% by late June, reflecting efforts by local producers to control supply. Spot trading activity was subdued during the second quarter, with some northeast Asian traders opting to focus on other products and avoid trading PBT because of squeezed margins and sluggish demand. Some regional producers were also looking mainly at contracts instead of spot sales.
Updated to Q2 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.