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Updated to Q3 2017
Supply of polybutylene terephthalate (PBT) in Europe was tight in early July, and this was cited as one of the reasons for third quarter contract prices settling higher across filled, unfilled and flame-retardant grades. However, supply became more balanced in mid-July. The market generally remained balanced for the rest of the quarter, despite tightness in the upstream butanediol (BDO) market.
Demand for PBT was strong during the third quarter of 2017, as it has been throughout the year. Sources also said that they did not see the fall in demand which usually occurs during August, when many market players take summer 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.