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Updated to Q2 2017
Spot prices of 1,4-butanediol (BDO) in Asia extended gains from the first quarter in the earlier part of the second quarter, reflecting short supply among regional BDO makers. Demand was also healthy, lending upward support to spot prices. However, prices peaked in mid-April, as buyers grew increasingly resistant towards the relentless price hike seen since late 2016 due to squeezed margins from mounting BDO prices. Downstream sectors such as polybutylene terephthalate (PBT) registered limited price gains in the same time period, which led PBT makers to come under heavy cost pressure as BDO price rose. However, steep slides in BDO spot prices were not seen by the end of the second quarter as spot cargo availability from Asia and the Middle East remained tight due to a spate of scheduled and unexpected shutdowns at regional units.
ICIS publishes a weekly report for Butanediol, BDO, in Asia providing a CFR China main port spot price assessment for material traded in bulk and drums. Information on Chinese domestic business traded on a delivered basis is also included in the report. This helps subscribers keep on top of what’s happening in the key China market. We track scheduled and unscheduled production outages and downstream demand drivers to ensure the prevailing demand and supply conditions are clearly communicated to customers. Coverage of monthly contract discussions between key manufacturers and buyers in Taiwan and Korea gives subscribers the most comprehensive view of the prevailing market sentiment. Information in the report is based upon close contact with a wide range of producers, traders, distributors and end users, and ensuring that the information is both timely and impartial. Our in depth coverage of the market has led to ICIS published prices becoming a benchmark for spot transactions as well as a componant in contract settlements in Asia.
ICIS collects pricing data on a wide range of chemical, energy and fertilizer products, including Butanediol. Our extensive experience in price reporting means we can offer you access to historical data dating back more than 20 years for certain commodities.
Our time series of pricing data enables you to build and model trends, to get a view of where markets might be heading. The data service includes charting functionality, allowing you to chart and download multiple data series for manipulation in your own internal models. You can also export data to Excel via the ICIS dashboard service.
ICIS price assessments are based on information gathered from a wide cross-section of the market, comprising consumers, producers, traders and distributors from more than 250 reporters world-wide. Confirmed deals, verified by both buyer and seller, provide the foundation of our price assessments.
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Over 25 years of reporting on key chemicals markets, including Butanediol, has brought global recognition of our methodology as being unbiased, authoritative and rigorous in preserving our editorial integrity. Our global network of reporters in Houston, London, Singapore, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Mumbai, Perth and Moscow ensures unrivalled coverage of established and emerging markets.