Butyl Acetate Faces Dusk in Western Market Through Q4 2023 Amid Weak Construction Performance
- 21-Nov-2023 10:45 AM
- Journalist: Emilia Jackson
This week, Butyl Acetate prices in the Western market have demonstrated a noteworthy level of stability. This can be attributed to a decline in demand from downstream industries, particularly the construction sector, in both the German and US markets. Major industrial players like Huntsman reported a sales decline across Europe in Q3, and Dow indicated a decrease in US market sales due to high-interest rates. These consistent trends in the downstream construction industry are contributing to corresponding price fluctuations in the Butyl Acetate market.
Hamburg (Germany): As of this week, the pricing of Butyl Acetate in Germany has maintained stability, primarily influenced by increased spot pricing for Butyl Acetate and diminished pricing for imports, particularly from the specified region. However, there is a noticeable decline in demand from Butyl Acetate downstream sectors, notably the construction industry. This decline is emphasized by a drop in the prices of feedstock Acetic acid. The prolonged period of low natural gas prices has played a role in decreasing production costs, hindering the growth of the Acetic Acid market. Furthermore, the Eurozone's persistent high-interest rate, currently at 4.25%, continues to limit the purchasing power of consumers in downstream industries. It's noteworthy that there have been no significant disruptions in the supply chain this week, ensuring a consistent flow of inventories in the market.
Texas (USA): In the US market, a parallel scenario unfolds as Butyl Acetate prices maintain stable trends this week. The key driving factors include diminished demand from downstream industries, particularly the construction sector. Furthermore, an elevated level of inventories in the market, strategically positioned to fulfill downstream demand, has added to the dampening effect on the growth of the Butyl Acetate market in the US. Additionally, international demand has also stayed relatively subdued, playing a role in limiting downward pressure from the global market perspective.
According to the Chem Analyst database, there's an anticipation of a decline in Butyl Acetate prices in both the US and German markets. This projection is attributed to increased destocking activity and a decrease in the prices of Feedstock Acetic Acid. Additionally, the demand from downstream industries, particularly the construction sector, is not expected to recover in the near term. On the production front, lower prices of Natural Gas are anticipated, contributing to reduced production costs. In the German market, the expectation is for Butyl Acetate prices to decrease, influenced by lower import prices, especially with a projected decrease in Chinese imports. Consequently, in the upcoming months, Butyl Acetate prices in the Western market are anticipated to trend lower.