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Butyl Acetate Market Slip In US, Germany Amid Poor Construction Industry Performance in Feb 2024
Butyl Acetate Market Slip In US, Germany Amid Poor Construction Industry Performance in Feb 2024

Butyl Acetate Market Slip In US, Germany Amid Poor Construction Industry Performance in Feb 2024

  • 23-Feb-2024 4:03 PM
  • Journalist: Rene Swann

Texas (USA): In the US market, Butyl Acetate prices have experienced a downward trend, showing little response to significant changes in market dynamics or declines in imports from China, resulting in decreased inventory costs. Additionally, China's production costs have remained low due to the consistent affordability of coal, leading to reduced expenses and production costs. Forecasts indicate that Butyl Acetate prices may increase due to growing demand from the construction industry. Despite somewhat subdued overall market growth affected by fluctuations in demand from downstream industries, short-term expansion is anticipated.

This expansion is fuelled by increasing demand and rising import prices from China, driven by domestic market needs. Overall, there is an optimistic outlook for Butyl Acetate in the Indian market. Moreover, it is expected that import prices from China will rise, resulting in higher inventory prices in the Indian domestic market. Although major industrial player Dow reported a net decrease in sales, primarily driven by reduced Performance Material & Coating sales on both quarterly and annual bases, there was a sales increase attributable to currency fluctuations. Furthermore, net sales decreased due to lower volumes in Building & Construction, influenced by seasonal factors.

In the German market, Butyl Acetate prices have remained steady, largely unaffected by significant shifts in market dynamics or the pricing of its feedstock, Acetic Acid. However, sustained high-interest rates have limited the purchasing power of downstream consumers. Additionally, production costs have remained low due to the consistent affordability of natural gas, resulting in reduced LNG costs and declining production expenses for Butyl Acetate. Future trends indicate that Butyl Acetate prices are expected to increase due to growing demand from the Butyl Acetate downstream construction industry.

Eurostat data shows a significant rise in hourly labour costs across the Eurozone and the EU, with Germany experiencing a particularly steep increase of 7.9%, surpassing neighbouring countries like the Netherlands and France. Despite somewhat subdued overall market development for Butyl Acetate, influenced by demand fluctuations in downstream industries, short-term growth is anticipated. This growth is fuelled by increasing demand and rising import prices from the Chinese market, driven by domestic market needs. Overall, there is a positive outlook for Butyl Acetate in the German market.

In terms of supply dynamics, Butyl Acetate plants have maintained a consistent operational rate due to stable demand from downstream industries. Despite the Eurozone's PMI remaining below 50, indicating a contraction in the manufacturing sector, there has been a significant improvement in manufacturing activity. Since December 2023, the PMI value has notably increased, reflecting positive developments in overall manufacturing activity. Moreover, import prices from the Chinese market have decreased, implying a reduction in import costs. Additionally, as of this week, no disruptions in the supply chain have been reported.

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