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 Q3 2019
Supply in China dropped as local producers have further cut their plant production due to poor margins. The average plant operating rate in China has been hovering at around 40-50% for most of Q3 before recovering to close to 70% in late-September after some plants resumed from their turnarounds. Taiwan’s Shinkong Synthetic Fibers has been running its plants at reduced rates of 60-70% after one of its two PBT lines in Taiwan restarted from a turnaround in mid-May.
Overall demand in Asia remained largely flat despite the onset of the traditional peak demand season in August and September every year. Ongoing US-China trade tensions as well as the slowdown in the end-user automobiles sector has weighed on buying interest for PBT. Demand in some regions such as India has been lacklustre in particular due to the monsoon season in the country ending later than usual in late-September.
European supply of polybutylene terephthalate (PBT) remained balanced throughout the third quarter of the year. No production issues were heard to impact the market and poor demand limited pressure on availability of material.
Demand for PBT has been weak throughout 2019 due to low consumption from the key automotive sector and decreased slightly during August. August is a period of low demand across many markets with some market players away for holidays and some downstream production shut down.
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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.
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