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 Q3 2018
PBT spot supply in Asia is likely to decrease in the third quarter, tracking lower average production rates in the key Chinese market due to planned maintenance projects. Upstream products such as BDO is likely to see declines in spot pricing, which could potentially ease production cost pressure on PBT makers.
PBT’s reduced spot availability in the third quarter of the year could potentially encourage cargo uptake among regional buyers, especially since prices are likely to be buoyed by short supply. Further downstream performance has been described as mostly stable, resulting in expectations of either stable or strengthened demand.
BP’s allocation rates of PTA from Geel, Belgium, rose in June, and when supply from the site returns to normal this limitation on PBT production will be lifted. However, a producer said that shutdowns in Asia have limited imports to Europe from the region. The source expected imports to remain limited until September.
Demand for PBT is expected to remain strong in the third quarter of 2018. Demand for many plastics and petrochemicals decreases in the third quarter of the year as players go on holiday and some consumers are shut down. However, demand for PBT remained strong throughout the third quarter of 2017 and conditions are expected to be similar this year.
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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.