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 Q3 2018
Supply of polybutylene terephthalate (PBT) in Asia was generally stable in the third quarter amid relatively healthy offtake. China plant operating rates were largely constant at around 70% of capacity. Impact on supply from a plant turnaround in South China in August/September was limited due to ample cargo availability from other local producers. Producers’ margins were tightly squeezed because of the surge in feedstock purified terephthalic acid (PTA) prices in the third quarter, although prices of other feedstock 1,4-butanediol (BDO) were slightly softer.
Demand in northeast Asia stayed relatively flat from early to the middle of the third quarter, seeing comparatively healthier offtake from that of most other products. However, buying interest curtailed in September as buyers were lukewarm to suppliers’ incessant price hikes. Demand in other Asian regions such as India was also said to be relatively good. This was despite that monsoon season in the early third quarter usually dampens sentiment in the country for other products.
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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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