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Updated to Q2 2017
Second-quarter European butanediol (BDO) contracts settled at an increase from Q1, on the back of the global tightening of supply, healthy demand and firmer feedstock prices. The upward trend in pricing started in the latter part of 2016, after years of falling prices in the BDO market. Freely negotiated contract prices settled at a significant increase, with the magnitude dependant on the starting point and the account.
For contracts including a feedstock formula, price increases were heard at a lower level, with the supply and demand dynamics being the main driver of the upward pressure in the market. Supply in Europe is tight, amid a planned production turnaround, an unplanned production problem and lower imports. Demand remains healthy and is either in line or above expectations.
Updated to Q2 2017
Three US BDO producers are separately seeking double-digit increases for the third quarter, making it the second quarter in a row they have nominated sizeable hikes.
With the previous quarterly increase, the position of various sellers was that although US prices were the highest in the world on a per-pound basis, Asian prices were more expensive when considering the cost of importing BDO from China and South Korea.
That position remains in play in the third quarter, with buyers still calling the US a sellers’ market, even if American prices remain the highest in the world.
BDO producers have increased contracts for three quarters in a row now and are targeting a fourth hike.
None of the three producers provided a reasoning for their moves, although raising prices in the third quarter does have a track record. The third quarter historically has favoured a price increase going back to the beginning of 2007. Over the past decade there have been six quarterly price increases in the quarter beginning 1 July, three decreases and one rollover.
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