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Butadiene - C4s: Market overview
Updated to Q3 2017
European butadiene supply and demand during the third quarter will depend very heavily on developments in Asia primarily, but also in the US. As a structurally long region, players hope that spot exports will resume now that European prices are more closely aligned with those on the global market following three consecutive contract reference price declines in Q2. High-temperature related production constraints could help offset any underlying length in combination with preparations for some planned maintenance from August onwards.
Butadiene (BD) prices in Asia are likely to rebound in the third quarter due to rising demand from the derivative synthetic rubber (SR) and acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) sectors. The feedstock BD price had bottomed out in June after crashing by about 70% following a four-month downward spiral since February. Demand from the downstream SR and ABS sectors is expected to pick up in the third quarter, a seasonally strong production season, which will help bolster the BD price rebound.
The US butadiene (BD) market is facing some headwinds as supply improves amid relatively steady demand. BD is a co-product of ethane cracking, and several new or expanded crackers have come online or are being built in the US Gulf. Although the US remains a structurally short region, it is expected to become less short over the next year. Meanwhile, demand is expected to grow with gross domestic product (GDP).
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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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