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Updated to Q3 2017
The start of the third quarter saw soft global conditions persist on butadiene (BD) and European market participants were uncertain when a reversal might occur. Various production hiccups and a tailoring of output to suit contractual offtake helped mitigate the impacts of the weak demand and pricing from Asia, and European sellers were mostly able to avoid selling tonnes at the low levels necessary to export – US volumes went instead. Nevertheless, a further sizeable triple- digit decrease was agreed for the July contract reference price. The bearish pressure started to abate in the second half of July leading to a smaller downwards adjustment on the contract reference price.
Spot export demand and pricing began to pick up again in early August and with players more confident of a sustained rebound in Asia this time around, demand for export volumes increased. Spot prices rose above the prevailing contract price for the first time since the end of March. Because of the improved demand and an uptick in feedstock costs, the September contract price rose by €25/tonne. The impacts of hurricane Harvey on the global market are still to be determined at the time of writing.
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.
ICIS collects pricing data on a wide range of chemical, energy and fertilizer products, including Butadiene - C4s. 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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