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 Q1 2017
Rising production costs of polybutylene terephthalate (PBT) in the Asia Pacific market is likely to continue lending strength to spot prices early in the first quarter of 2017. Amid snug spot availability throughout Asia, feedstock 1,4-butanediol (BDO) prices surged throughout the fourth quarter of 2016, which led PBT makers to raise workable selling indications and offers to cover their production costs and safeguard profit margins.
Most market players said that demand and supply fundamentals for the regional PBT market are likely to hold steady going forward, due to the illiquid nature of the spot market.
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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.