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Updated to Q1 2019
A southeast Asian producer is planning a turnaround at its ethyl acetate (etac)/butac swing plant in Singapore in end February for a month. Operating rates at plants in China may be curtailed due to environment issues during winter and the Lunar New Year holiday starting in early February. These may keep supply-demand fundamentals balanced in the quarter.
Demand is expected to remain lukewarm. Some re-stocking activities may be seen in January before the Lunar New Year holidays in early February but demand is expected to slow down as the festival approaches. Demand may pick up end February and March as seen traditionally, but this remains to be seen with the uncertainties in the global macroeconomics.
The European butyl acetate (butac) market is expected return to balanced supply and its normal structurally long position in early 2019 after Oxea lifted it force majeure in the first week of January. Water levels on the Rhine returned to levels that allow full barge loads in early December. If these levels are maintained, logistical issues will be eased.
Demand for butyl acetate (butac) is expected to increase in Q1 2019 as players return from their holidays and re-stocking activity begins. As long as supply remains balanced, demand is unlikely to reach the peaks seen during the forcemajeures at BASF and Oxea. Overall consumption, however, will be greater than that seen in the traditionally quieter fourth quarter.
US butyl acetate (butac) supply is expected to be steady during Q1 2019. The market began at a tepid pace after the seasonal slowdown in the downstream markets. Lower-priced December propylene may heighten early-year butac production ahead of what is expected to be a marginally stronger 2019 paints and coatings season.
While some pent up butyl acetate (butac) demand from the downstream architectural coatings sector is likely from hurricane and California wildfire damage in 2018, an early projection predicts only a moderate increase in year-on-year paint demand. Forecasts of a broadly milder winter, however, may strengthen butac demand as market activity gets underway in Q1.
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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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