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Butadiene - C4s: Market overview
Updated to Q1 2018
An influx of more than 50,000 tonnes of deep-sea BD cargoes from Europe, the US, the Middle East and Latin America, which are scheduled to arrive in January and February, is expected to weigh on demand for BD imports. The upcoming start-up of a new 165,000 tonne/year BD unit in China in March is also expected to add to the bloated domestic Chinese supplies in the first quarter of 2018.
The key downstream synthetic rubber producers have mostly covered their requirements in January, and are expected to adopt a wait-and-see stance given the influx of deep-sea cargoes into Asia during this period. The upcoming Lunar New Year holiday in mid-February in 2018 is also expected to weigh on demand as the key China, South Korea and Taiwan markets will be closed.
European BD supply will be affected by a few planned maintenances, but the impact on the market as a whole will be determined by developments in the key Asia market following the Chinese Lunar New Year in mid-February.
Domestic demand is expected to be healthy in the first quarter as re-stocking activities take place. Export demand ended the year on a firm footing, but demand, and therefore pricing in Asia following the Chinese Lunar New Year, is hard to determine.
US butadiene (BD) supply is expected to increase on additional production of upstream crude C4 from new crackers and cracker expansions. Imports of European material are also expected to remain competitive, lengthening the market further.
Demand for the first quarter is likely to hold steady, as automotive and tyre consumption remains somewhat soft on seasonal factors. Construction-related end uses could see some stronger demand, and exports are expected to increase through the first half of February.
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Butadiene/Crude C4 Methodology
About Butadiene - C4s
Butadiene is a colourless, non corrosive liquefied gas with a mild aromatic or gasoline-like odour. It is slightly soluble in water, more soluble in methanol and ethanol, and soluble in most common organic solvents such as acetone, ether, benzene, and cyclohexane. It readily polymerises in the presence of sodium or oxygen.
Butadiene is used to produce synthetic rubbers and polymer resins, as well as a few chemical intermediates. The largest uses are styrene butadiene rubber (SBR) and polybutadiene rubber (BR), mostly used in tyres and automobiles.
The major source of butadiene is as a byproduct in the steam cracking of naphtha and gas oil to make ethylene and propylene. The butadiene is extracted from the C4 cracker stream using extractive distillation.
Other uses include acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS) resins, styrene-butadiene latex and block copolymers, nitrile rubber, and adiponitrile (ADN).
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