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Updated to Q2 2017
European butadiene (BD) cracker and BD unit maintenances kept Europe away from the very worst of the price downturn seen in Asia in the early part of the second quarter. However, a downwards correction was inevitable as Asian BD and derivatives began to displace European volumes - as Asian volumes became cheaper - and the planned maintenances in Europe started to come to an end.
The contract reference price for April settled at a rollover from March at €1,750/tonne FD (free delivered) NWE (northwest Europe), highlighting the uncertainty in the market following three consecutive months of triple-digit increases. However, the negative pressures persisted despite the start of the Asian turnaround season. The May contract reference price settled down by €225/tonne to €1,525/tonne, and a further €300/tonne drop was implemented for June. Spot prices were significantly below the prevailing contract price throughout the quarter despite two unplanned outages. Sources widely expect further spot price falls through June as there is little sign of a reversal of fortunes in Asia.
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.
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