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Updated to Q1 2018
Supply of polybutylene terephthalate (PBT) in Europe was affected by limited imports from Asia and tightened a little during the first quarter of 2018.
However, sources said that supply remained balanced to tight for much of the quarter rather than tightening further.
A producer said in March that it could supply most requests for material, but was nearly sold out.
Demand for PBT remained strong throughout the first quarter of the year.
Demand was strong throughout last year, and a producer said that demand had continued to grow well during 2018.
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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.