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Updated to Q4 2018
The supply of polybutylene terephthalate (PBT) remained tight for most of October and November, although buyers said they did not have problems securing volumes when needed. Supply conditions were balanced during December with enough availability to cover European demand.
European demand for polybutylene terephthalate (PBT) was consistently strong throughout 2018 and stable for much of Q4. Sources said expected weaker demand from the automotive sector could lead to weaker demand for PBT, but there had been no evidence of this yet. A producer said it had seen some softening of demand during October, but demand for November was above expectations.
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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.
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