The informative and reliable Polybutylene terephthalate (PBT) report is published weekly in Asia. In Europe PBT is covered in the Engineering Plastics report and includes Polyacetal (POM).
Contract price assessments are covered in Europe, while Asia focuses on spot activity. This valuable tool will support market players in business decisions. Our news and analysis includes regional overviews, production news, feedstock movements and graphs.
Updated to Q2 2021
Supply in the region was largely stable despite pockets of turnarounds at Chinese plants. Availability in the region remained decent. Asian suppliers were able to improve output in the quarter as the feedstock BDO shortage began to ease. Overall margins remained adequate as other feedstock PTA values remained low. Stocks among some Asia sellers were said to be higher compared to the prior quarter.
Buying interest eased as a shortage of semiconductor chips hit the automotive sector in Asia. The surge in the coronavirus in Q2, and the resulting restrictions, further constrained manufacturing and trade. Elevated freight amid tight vessel and container availability further dampened trade. Traders were hesitant to keep inventories, in view of a weakening market and uncertain demand. Most users adopted a wait-and-see stance and bought on a need-to basis.
Supply in general was tighter in Q2 than the previous quarter. This was due to severe shortages of key raw materials PTA and BDO capping production with implementation of force majeures by producers, plant closures, lower imports into Europe and logistical delays caused by the Suez Canal blockage. Supply improved slightly with better availability of PTA and plant restarts later in the quarter.
Q2 consumption continued to be strong and similar to Q1. End-user applications from the automotive sector were considered good despite some lower figures for sales and production. The electronics industry has flourished due to diverted expenditure from other avenues such as vacations. Demand from inventory replenishment, which was a major driver, was considered to have lost momentum as stocksbecame full.
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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.
Polybutylene terephthalate (PBT) is included in the engineering plastics umbrella.
PBT is a thermoplastic polyester resin that has good impact strength, heat resistance and flow properties. It has many automotive applications such as mirror housings, fans, fuse boxes, cowl vents, and motor and ignition system components.
It also has uses in electrical and electronic products such as connectors, chip sockets, terminal boards, switches and circuit breakers.