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).
Contract price assessments are covered in Europe, while Asia focuses on spot activity. This valuable tool will support market players in business decisions. Our news and analysis includes regional overviews, production news, feedstock movements and graphs.
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Polybutylene terephthalate: Market overview
Updated to Q3 2017
Asia's polybutylene terephthalate (PBT) spot prices are poised to be stable-to-soft going into the third quarter, reflecting increasing resistance from buyers towards higher pricing. Seasonal lacklustre demand from downstream sectors from June to August led some sellers to drop their offers for July cargoes to stimulate cargo uptake. In some regions such as India, demand among buyers is also impacted by the implementation of Goods and Service Tax (GST) policy from July, which created uncertainty among market players over the near-term outlook. Amid these existing factors, most market participants were of the opinion that prices would not observe increase in the third quarter.
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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.