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Butyl acetate: Market overview
Updated to Q3 2018
Cost pressure has eased at the start of Q3 with feedstock prices softened end of Q2. Supply could be steady to higher if Chinese producers stabilise their output, and as southeast Asian plants resumed normal operations. At the start of the quarter, operation rates remain lower than normal for Chinese and southeast Asia producers.
Demand is expected to begin weakening in Q3 amid the traditional lull season for downstream paint and coating sectors during summer, although demand from the ink and printing sector will likely be stable. Demand is expected to pick up end of Q3, with the peak season typically starting from September.
Supply of butac will remain balanced during the third quarter of the year. The force majeure declared on feedstock n-butanol (NBA) by INEOS in late June is only a limited risk to butac production. In addition, the seasonally weaker demand expected during the third quarter is unlikely to challenge European supply.
Demand for butac will weaken during the third quarter. Seasonal demand typically slips in late July, remaining low through August as many players step take holidays during this time. Demand will rise again in September, though it will not return to the peak levels seen in June and early July.
US supply of butac supply will continue mostly balanced with demand during the third quarter of 2018, although snug conditions prevailed during the previous quarter. The market also is watching a predicted busy 2018 hurricane season that continues through November. Barring unexpected outages, inventories typically increase amid weakening demand.
US butac demand during the third quarter of 2018 will begin to wane following peak buying interest during the previous quarter’s paint and coatings season. While pent-up demand from hurricanes and California wildfires in late 2017 will likely continue early in the quarter, a seasonal slowdown will eventually emerge.
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Butyl Acetate Methodology
About Butyl acetate
Butyl acetate is a colourless liquid with a fruity banana odour that is commonly used as a solvent in the production of lacquers, inks and adhesives. It is highly flammable and miscible with common organic solvents such as alcohols, ketones, glycols and esters.
Butyl acetate is mainly used as a solvent in the production of paints and lacquers, inks, adhesives and hardened coatings. It is used in the pharmaceutical industry as a solvent and extraction agent, and used to purify penicillin.
Other uses include cosmetics and personal care products, fragrance solvent for perfumes, cleaning and car care products.
The main process for the manufacture of butyl acetate involves the esterification of butanol and acetic acid in the presence of a catalyst such as sulphuric acid.