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Butanediol: Market overview
Updated to Q3 2017
In the US, butanediol (BDO) producers have increased contracts three quarters in a row and have targeted a further hike, although negotiations are not finished yet. Most BDO sources expect some increase to be approved because Asian prices are deemed firm. Over the past decade, there have been six quarterly price increases for the quarter beginning 1 July, three decreases and one rollover.
In Europe, Q3 BDO contract negotiations continue, with triple-digit increases expected by some players on both sides of the market. Tight supply, healthy demand and the previous drops in contract prices over the last four years, are all cited as the drivers of the increases.The overall supply balance is expected to improve by many buyers in the market, with an increase in imports expected in Q3 and European production back to normal running rates.
In Asia, the spot BDO market is expected to see lacklustre demand in the region from June to August, which is typically the demand lull period for BDO. The key market in China will likely see limited import activity as it remains more cost-effective for Chinese buyers to purchase cargoes locally.
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Butanediol (BDO) is a colourless and almost odourless viscous liquid. This hygroscopic diol is soluble in water, alcohols, esters, ketones, glycol ethers and glycol ether acetates; immiscible in aliphatic and aromatic hydrocarbons and diethylether.
BDO is a chemical intermediate used in the production of polymers, solvents and fine chemicals.
The largest consumer is tetrahydrofuran (THF), used to make polytetramethylene ether glycol (PTMEG) which goes into spandex fibres, urethane elastomers and copolyester ethers. The next largest outlet is polybutylene terephthalate (PBT).
Sizeable quantities of BDO go into the manufacture of gamma-butyrolactone (GBL), which has outlets in electronics and high-performance polymers.