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Updated to Q1 2017
First-quarter polybutylene terephthalate (PBT) prices increased for non-speciality grade material, mainly driven by raw material feedstock price rises. The majority of non-speciality grade contracts increased on average by double-digit amounts, depending on starting point. Speciality flame-retardant grade prices were stable overall. Contributing factors for the firmness in European prices include the drop in imports seen from Asia in Europe, which was largely due to the significantly higher prices in Asia currently amid limited supply in the region and higher feestock costs. Demand has been buoyant in Europe, mainly driven by healthy demand from the automotive sector. Other end-use sectors have been performing well and demand is at a good level across the board.
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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.