ICIS publishes a Butanediol report for Asia, Europe and the US, though the Europe and US reports are combined as a global report.
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Updated to Q1 2019
Overall supply from Asian producers are expected to stay largely flat in Q1 2019 as producers are not under pressure to cut production following the declines in prices of different feedstock used by various producers outside China, including BD, propylene and PO.
Demand is expected to remain sluggish in January ahead of the Lunar New Year holiday in early February. Downstream plants in China and Taiwan will be shut for at least two weeks from H2 January onwards. Demand will likely start to pick up only from mid-February at the earliest.
European butanediol (BDO) supply is likely to be balanced this quarter, with no planned turnarounds expected. Though demand is expected to increase as the first quarter progresses, supply conditions were lengthy in late 2018 and therefore surplus volumes are likely to be consumed early on in the year as players prepare for peak demand season in the second quarter.
An uptick in demand typically takes place in January, while the end of the first quarter should be fairly busy as players prepare for peak demand season from the automotive industry in the second quarter. Rhine water levels will be watched closely as disruption to logistics could lead to higher demand, if water levels fall below average as they did in late 2018.
Supply is expected to be slightly constrained by a plant maintenance in October, but the market should remain in balance as peak demand season wanes.
Demand for BDO should decline slightly during the quarter on the end of peak demand season for textiles made with Spandex and other stretchable fibres.
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1,4-Butanediol (BDO) is an intermediate product; a colourless and almost odourless viscous liquid.
Butanediol (BDO) is a colourless and almost odourless viscous liquid. This hygroscopic diol is soluble in water, alcohols, esters, ketones, glycol ethers and glycol ether acetates; immiscible in aliphatic and aromatic hydrocarbons and diethylether.
BDO is a chemical intermediate used in the production of polymers, solvents and fine chemicals.
The largest consumer is tetrahydrofuran (THF), used to make polytetramethylene ether glycol (PTMEG) which goes into spandex fibres, urethane elastomers and copolyester ethers. The next largest outlet is polybutylene terephthalate (PBT).
Sizeable quantities of BDO go into the manufacture of gamma-butyrolactone (GBL), which has outlets in electronics and high-performance polymers.
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