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Updated to Q1 2017
Ongoing tightness in US Gulf supply of butadiene (BD) and the recent strength in overseas values have led to significant increases in contract prices for January, February and March. By the end of the first quarter, US BD contract prices had doubled since the end of 2016, and prices were at their highest levels in nearly five years.
Domestic supply has been very tight, with two producers on allocation and two BD extraction units undergoing maintenance in the first quarter. In addition, excess BD has been hard to find as cracker turnarounds and plant issues have curtailed output of crude C4, reducing feedstock used in the production of BD.
However, that pressure is expected to ease as market fundamentals in Asia and Europe continue to soften and as imports make their way into North America.
There could also be some softening demand as the market heads into April. A major BD consumer is scheduled to conduct maintenance on its downstream plant. There is also talk in the market about the closure of a downstream production facility which could result in the lengthening of availability in feedstock BD. Sources said the company is currently operating but evaluating various options for the business.
The US butadiene (BD) report offers an assessment of spot and contract prices that are commonly accepted as a benchmark for the industry in the US and in other parts of the world.
The BD report provides information on anything that could potentially move the market, such as cracker outages, start-ups or scheduled maintenances.
The report also includes feedstock prices and monthly production data.
The US butadiene report benefits participants in the rubber industry as changes in the price of BD will eventually impact tyre prices.
Our subscribers include traders, producers, buyers, analysts and shipbrokers.
They find the report extremely useful as it offers an invaluable source of pricing information in different regions of what is a very active market.
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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