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Butyl acetate: Market overview
Updated to Q2 2017
Prices in the European butyl acetate (butac) market are likely to remain at the elevated levels above €1,200/tonne FD NWE reached at the end of the first quarter during the second quarter. Feedstock butanol prices, which have risen due to tightness, are expected to keep butac prices from falling and may provide upwards pressure. Any decrease in tightness is largely dependent on when BASF lifts the force majeure it declared from its Ludwigshafen plant in October.
In Q2 2017, pricing movements in raw material markets are likely to continue to drive butac prices in Asia, much like in Q1 2017, when butac prices gained about 5% alongside increases for n-butanol and acetic acid. Regional producers, particularly those in China, will moderate operating rates to match demand conditions, thereby keeping demand and supply of butac fairly balanced.
US butac free-market price momentum is expected to diminish during the second quarter of 2017. Despite heightened butac demand expected during the period’s US spring paint and coatings season, rising feedstock propylene prices that pressured butac higher in the first quarter will be weighed down by improving supply and lower demand in the second quarter.
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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.