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Updated to Q4 2017
Cracker and butadiene (BD) unit maintenances were complete by the first half of November, loosening up availability. However, this coincided with a downturn in global BD market conditions, particularly in Asia, and European producers - faced with the prospect of lengthening supply moving towards the year-end - sought to lock-in spot buyers for November and December quite early on. Both the November and December contract reference price settlements saw a decrease of €100/tonne as a result. Asian prices started to rebound in mid-November, and consequently the supply and demand balance tightened up amid strong demand for export volumes. The January contract reference price was agreed at an increase of €50/tonne.
Domestic demand was quite healthy throughout most of the fourth quarter. Some seasonal slowing was seen in December, as was expected, but this was offset by a rebound in the export sector.
The ICIS European butadiene (BD) report is a key benchmark report. This means that published numbers are widely referenced in industry contracts. We cover the contract market on a free delivered (FD) northwest European-basis (NWE).
This is a monthly market. It moved from monthly to quarterly in January 2011.
The contract is an industry-agreed price, which means that key producers and consumers exchange price ideas and negotiate a new settlement in the last week of every month.
ICIS covers the spot market, covering the inland and domestic market on a FD new-basis and the deep sea free on board (FOB) export market.
We also cover market fundamentals such as supply, production issues (planned and unplanned) and any developments in the downstream markets.
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