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Updated to Q3 2018
Supplies were ample during the third quarter of 2018 due to additional new supplies in China with the start-up of CSPC’s new 180,000 tonne/year butadiene BD unit in Huizhou in China in late April. Indonesia’s Chandra Asri also expanded its 100,000 tonne/year BD unit in Merak by 37%, with the expanded 137,000 tonne/year BD unit coming onstream in June after shutting down in late March for the expansion works.
Demand for BD decreased during the third quarter of 2018 as several downstream synthetic rubber (SR) and acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS) plants were running at lower rates due to the slump in demand for SBR and ABS. The US-China trade war had escalated during this period, dampening market sentiment and curbing spot appetite for SR or ABS. Traders and importers kept lean inventories of SR as well as ABS due to the uncertain market outlook amid the trade war.
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The major source of butadiene is as a by-product in the steam cracking of naphtha and gas oil to make ethylene and propylene.
The report also covers information on production news and downstream markets (styrene butadiene rubber and polybutadiene rubber), ensuring you have the information you need to better understand price drivers
The ICIS China Olefins Annual Study provides a comprehensive overview and analysis of the country’s olefins industry, broken down by key products – ethylene, propylene and butadiene (BD) – with a one-year supply/demand data forecast.
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The ICIS China Coal-to-Olefins (CTO) Competitiveness Report enables you to gain a detailed understanding of China’s fast-emerging CTO-based production. The report analyses the competitiveness and cost differences of coal-based production, and takes a look at other production processes based on different feedstocks such as propane, methanol, shale and naphtha.
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