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Updated to Q2 2018
Supply remained balanced-to-tight this quarter, although the spot market tightened during May as one European producer conducted a planned turnaround and imposed sales allocations during that time. Other European sellers had limited spot availability due to healthy demand. However, contractual buyers continued to receive their requested volumes. Meanwhile, BP’s force majeure on purified terephthalic acid (PTA) caused some butanediol (BDO) supply length for one polybutylene terephthalate (PBT) producer as its production was impacted by the lack of PTA.
Healthy seasonal demand continued during Q2 as sellers received additional requests for material particularly towards the end of the quarter. There was a slight dip in demand during BP’s purified terephthalic acid (PTA) force majeure but as allocation rates increased in June, the impact of the outage decreased and BDO consumption from polybutylene terephthalate (PBT) producers stabilised. Downstream derivatives remained tight. Healthy demand from the automotive sector was the main driver for BDO during the peak demand season.
Butanediol (BDO) quarterly price increases earlier this year and during 2017 stemmed from unplanned plant outages. No plants are currently down at present. BASF declared force majeure earlier this year due to fire and weather conditions at its plant in Geismar, Louisiana, with the declaration lifted in early May. The company introduced sales allocations after lifting the force majeure, and in June a source said they have been lifted.
BDO quarterly increases earlier this year and during 2017 stemmed from unplanned plant outages, though there are no plants down presently. BASF declared a force majeure earlier this year because of fire and weather conditions at its plant in Geismar, Louisiana, with the declaration lifted in early May. The company put on sales allocations after lifting the force majeure, but a source close to the company said in June that there is no sales control now at that unit.
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