ICIS coverage of the polybutylene terephthalate (PBT) market in Asia will provide you with the information you need to stay updated on latest developments, allowing you to make more informed commercial decisions.
Updated to Q2 2018
PBT supply conditions in the Asian region were mostly unchanged throughout the second quarter, reflecting mostly stable production activity among regional PBT makers. Firm feedstock 1,4-butanediol (BDO) and purified terephthalic acid (PTA) prices in Asia also led producers to maintain their operating rates carefully so as to prevent fluctuations in margins. Meanwhile, turnarounds were also limited during the period, leading to supply stability in the region.
PBT cargo uptake was deemed healthy by most market players in the second quarter. Some market players attributed the active procurement to firm upstream BDO and PTA prices, which encouraged PBT buyers to stock up on concerns of potential cost increase. Market players also added that the second quarter was typically a seasonally strong demand period for PBT, especially after the Lunar New Year festivities.
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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.
Our weekly report covering the Asian PBT market enables you to monitor price and market movements, allowing you to anticipate where prices are heading and to plan your trades to optimise your margins on a global scale.
This dedicated report on PBT gives users in-depth insights into the various factors influencing prices of this increasingly commoditised product.
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