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Updated to Q1 2017
After two years of free-falling prices in the European butanediol (BDO) market, prices have finally hit the bottom, with upward pressure dominating first-quarter contract talks. Prices dropped 27% from April 2014 to April 2016, using the ICIS mid-point, which has compressed margins for European producers. One producer said its biggest concern for 2017 is industry profitability after years of falling prices. Demand was stable-to-firm in the first quarter, with continued growth from the automotive sector. Supply had been balanced-to-snug for the majority of the quarter, although it tightened in March. Sellers are targeting triple-digit price hikes for the second quarter, with upward pressure building in the market.
Updated to Q1 2017
All four US BDO producers announced double-digit price increases for the second quarter, and if some part or all of the hike goes through – as the market expects – it will mark the fourth increase in a row for quarterly contracts.
Producers gave no reason for the nominations in their announcements, but US buyers said the main driver behind the increases lies with Asia. While US prices are the highest in the world on a per-pound basis, Asian prices are higher when considering the cost of importing BDO from China and South Korea. Market sources say the cost of Asian imports for US buyers – taking into account shipping freight rates and tariff duties – makes Asian prices a few pennies higher than those in the US.
There are no significant US BDO imports, but American buyers watch the Asian market closely to see what they could be paying for imports, to get a grasp on global supply and demand and the future direction of US prices. Buyers said US producers have been forced to issue the large increases in light of the Asian price rise.
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