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The European Butanediol report is published weekly It contains one quarterly contract quote which is assessed on a free delivered North West Europe basis and in Euros per metric ton as well as a price conversion into US cents per pound the report shows price movements from the previous quarter and also shows the prices from the same period one year ago for reference.
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Updated to Q4 2016
Q4 contracts in the European butanediol (BDO) market settled at an increase on the back of firming feedstock prices, balanced supply and reasonable demand. The majority of contracts took place at an increase, while a small number of rollovers were also heard, depending on the starting point.
Upstream prices firmed, which added more pressure on already compressed margins, with BDO prices seeing consecutive falls over the last few years. Supply tightened globally with price increases seen in all regions. Although European supply was not seen at the same level as in Asia and the US, a balancing was observed. Some of the excess length available in previous quarters had been absorbed, with planned and unplanned outages contributing to the overall picture.
Although inventories were low for some European producers, the overall supply level was balanced for much of the quarter. Buyers said they had no issue in acquiring contract material in Europe and had enough to meet demand. Demand overall was stable and in line with expectations for the season. Some sellers said, for the time of year, this year's demand is better than last year's. Demand traditionally softens towards the end of the quarter, but this year it has remained solid for the majority of the period.
Updated to Q2 2016
Talk in the US butanediol (BDO) market has gone back and forth between the idea of a rollover and a price increase on third quarter contracts. A coming rollover has been a default position among quite a few BDO buyers and distributors during the past two months, probably because the increase in oil prices and other major feedstocks – natural gas, butane, propylene - since April provided little or no support for another reduction. Two producers issued increases earlier this month that, if accepted fully, would be the first significant increase in US BDO contract prices since late 2012.
The consensus of market sources gave the edge to a coming rollover, though there were exceptions. Buyers reiterated their positions that the rising costs of feedstocks is hard to ignore but that supply/demand factors – especially all the idle capacity in Asia - do not support higher prices. Sources do seem to agree, however, that the Q3 contract settlement will likely settle after the 4 July holiday in the US.
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