The informative and reliable Polybutylene terephthalate (PBT) report is published weekly in Asia. In Europe PBT is covered in the Engineering Plastics report and includes Polyacetal (POM).
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Polybutylene terephthalate: Market overview
Updated to Q4 2017
Supply conditions for PBT is set to remain largely unchanged from the previous quarter because of the absence of planned turnarounds in the Asian region. According to market participants, start-up plans for PBT in Asia are also scarce in the fourth quarter, prompting expectations of stable supply conditions.
Following the end of the seasonal demand lull period in the third quarter, PBT is expected to observe stronger cargo uptake in the fourth quarter. However, some market players held varying views, saying that the need to keep inventories lean ahead of the closing of accounts in the end of the year would curb cargo uptake among some regional buyers.
Supply of polybutylene terephthalate (PBT) in Europe may remain balanced during the fourth quarter of 2017, although planned turnarounds and ongoing limitations on supply of feedstock butanediol (BDO) may cause the market to tighten.
Demand for PBT will likely remain strong for most of the final quarter of 2017. However, demand can be expected to fall during December, in advance of the Christmas holidays.
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Polybutylene terephthalate or PBT is a semi-crystalline, white or off-white polyester similar in both composition and properties to polyethylene terephthalate (PET). It has slightly lower strength and stiffness than PET. PBT is softer, but it has higher impact strength and very similar chemical resistance. It is usually preferred for industrial scale moulding due to quicker crystallising. It is widely used in electronic, electrical, communications, fibre optics and automotive industries.
About Polybutylene terephthalate
Polybutylene terephthalate (PBT) is included in the engineering plastics umbrella.
PBT is a thermoplastic polyester resin that has good impact strength, heat resistance and flow properties. It has many automotive applications such as mirror housings, fans, fuse boxes, cowl vents, and motor and ignition system components.
It also has uses in electrical and electronic products such as connectors, chip sockets, terminal boards, switches and circuit breakers.