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Butyl acetate: Market overview
Updated to Q2 2018
Chinese producers are likely to maintain operating rates at a low level, unless margins improve. However, if producers remain unable to pass on costs, or demand is unable support firmer butyl acetate (butac) prices, there is a possibility that producers will lower operating rates further or shut down their plants. Although producers in southeast Asia also face cost pressures, they have tried to maintain normal operations, and supply is likely to remain stable.
Demand is likely be stable and may see a pick-up in southeast Asia from April onwards as some markets will see downstream production increasing in May and June. However, competition from cheaper alternative solvents is likely to persist into Q2.
"Supply is likely to remain stable during Q2. Imports of butac are limited, but domestic production will keep the market balanced to long. Tightness in upstream acetic acid may impact the butac market, but this is more likely to reduce producers’ margins and drive price increases than cause supply to tighten."
Demand for butac will increase in Q2 due to the peak demand season from the downstream coatings industry beginning in March/April. Apart from this seasonal increase, demand is likely to remain largely stable.
Supply in Q2 is likely to become somewhat strained as the spring paints and coatings season sees peak demand, especially for architectural coatings. While there were short bursts of harsh winter weather, production was not adversely affected.
US demand during Q2 is expected to peak during the spring paints and coatings season. That demand is expected be heightened by pent-up buying interest stemming from the catastrophic weather in the US Gulf and wildfires in California, which will require renovations and rebuilds.
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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.