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Butyl acetate: Market overview
Updated to Q3 2017
US butyl acetate (butac) free-market prices during the third quarter of 2017 are expected to be stable-to-higher on likely similar movement in upstream propylene. The feedstock appeared to be stable-to-firmer after second-quarter weakness amid a mostly balanced butac market. Butac demand from the US paint and coatings market was expected to continue steady during the summer, after peak seasonal coatings demand in the second quarter.
European butac prices are expected to weaken during the third quarter of 2017 despite ongoing tight supply. Feedstock n-butanol (NBA) is likely to become more balanced, sources said, reducing feedstock-cost pressure. More balance in the butac market, however, is not expected until BASF lifts its force majeure on butac, which has been in place since October 2016.
In Asia, butac spot prices were stronger towards the end of the second quarter, and they are likely to remain stable-to-higher during the third quarter. The uptrend is driven by cost pressure from feedstock acetic acid and NBA. Also, a southeast Asia producer will begin a turnaround in mid-July for two months. Tighter supply of southeast Asian butac will also support butac prices, but there may be a cap to the uptrend because demand is likely to remain stable but slow as the typical summer demand lull approaches.
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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.