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Updated to Q4 2018
There is no planned maintenance expected for southeast Asian producers. For Chinese supply, the fourth quarter is the start of the winter, where pollution concern is usually higher with the consumption of energy for warmth. There may be rounds of environment inspections as seen in recent years during winter which may affect plants’ run rates.
Demand in Asia is likely to be strong in the first half of the fourth quarter, bolstered by stronger downstream demand from the inks, paints and coatings sector. This is when downstream manufacturers prepare for end-year and New Year festivities. Demand is likely taper off towards the end of the fourth quarter as downstream demand slows.
Supply of butac will remain balanced in the final quarter of the year, though the market may tighten slightly if the disruption seen in late September continues. However, the structural length of the European market will keep supply secure unless there are simultaneous limitations at more than one producer.
Demand for butac is likely to remain good for much of the final quarter of the year. Though the peak season has ended, demand is typically good during October and November. Demand typically falls during December, as end of year destocking activity takes place and market participants take Christmas holidays.
US butac supply will lengthen during the fourth quarter when inventories typically increase amid weakening demand. But some pent-up demand may keep supply from outpacing buying interest by too great an extent. Production was not adversely affected by Hurricane Florence, which fostered widespread flooding along the eastern US coast.
The US butac market will continue to see softening demand as the fourth quarter gets underway, but buying interest may still outpace year-ago levels, due to wildfires in the first half of 2018 and flooding damage from Hurricane Florence, both of which will likely heighten demand early next year.
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A colourless flammable liquid with a fruity odour, butyl acetate is produced by the esterification of acetic acid using butanol in the presence of a catalyst such as sulphuric acid.
Butyl acetate is a colourless liquid with a fruity banana odour that is commonly used as a solvent in the production of lacquers, inks and adhesives. It is highly flammable and miscible with common organic solvents such as alcohols, ketones, glycols and esters.
Butyl acetate is mainly used as a solvent in the production of paints and lacquers, inks, adhesives and hardened coatings. It is used in the pharmaceutical industry as a solvent and extraction agent, and used to purify penicillin.
Other uses include cosmetics and personal care products, fragrance solvent for perfumes, cleaning and car care products.
The main process for the manufacture of butyl acetate involves the esterification of butanol and acetic acid in the presence of a catalyst such as sulphuric acid.
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