Butyl Acetate Prices Overview

Market Overview

Quarterly Update on Global Butyl Acetate Market
For the Quarter Ending December 2020
A combination of factors pushed up the Butyl Acetate pricing curve during the second half of Q4 2020. The Asian Butyl Acetate (butac) markets witnessed extended delays in the import supply during the quarter with producers complaining about low inventory levels amidst bolstered market sentiments. Players reported shortage of the feedstock n-butanol, triggering an undue rise in the domestic offers. Supply constraints impacted the overall market sentiments while several butac plants were running below their full capacities. Malaysia’s PETRONAS Chemicals was heard operating its 50,000 tpy butac in Kerteh, Trengganu at nearly 90% of its installed capacity. Butyl Acetate CFR southeast Asia prices were averaged around USD 810 per tonne in October, showing a rise of about USD 25 per tonne on month-on-month basis.
North America
Butyl Acetate demand in the America’s remained well-supported throughout Q4 2020 with the outlook turning favorable towards the end of the quarter due to pent-up demand from the downstream architectural coatings and packaging inks sector. Strong gains in feedstock Acetic Acid and n-butanol (NBA) values were transferred to end-customers, thereby fueling market discussions throughout the quarter. Regional traders ended up reporting restocking activity for the early-2021 with rising optimism post the roll-out of coronavirus vaccines. Demand continued to rise as the consumer spending over the do-it-yourself (DIY) paint and coatings sector remained strong. Imported volumes remained affected due to prolonged port congestion, causing delayed delivery times in the US ports.

Butyl Acetate supply across the Europe remained tight throughout the fourth quarter after the major producer BASF declared force majeure at one of its upstream n-Butanol (NBA) facilities due to unspecified technical problems at its production unit in Ludwigshafen, Germany. Strong pull from the downstream markets and tight production levels spurred the regional offers during Q4, which are anticipated to extend further gains even in the upcoming quarter. Demand outlook seemed buoyant for a larger part of Q4 as offtakes improved in tandem with raised sentiments across the automotive sector compared to the levels observed in Q2 and Q3. Price of Butac was assessed around USD 1600-1700 per tonne in the northwest Europe, showing a marked uptrend compared to levels seen in Q3.

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Butyl Acetate (Butac) is a colorless, moderately volatile liquid, possessing a characteristic ester (fruity) odor. It is readily miscible with all conventional solvents such as alcohols, aldehydes, epoxies, ketones, ethers, glycols, aromatic and aliphatic hydrocarbons, but shows limited solubility in water. Owing to its excellent solvency for cellulose nitrate, polymers, oils and resins such as methyl methacrylate (MMA), it finds important usage in the production of paints, coatings, textile, plastics and in other chemical industries. It is also widely used as an extractant for oils and pharmaceuticals, and as an ingredient for perfumes and synthetic essences. Due to its great flow and brush resistance, Butyl Acetate is widely used in film-coating resins. Butac is commercially manufactured by the esterification of Acetic Acid with n-Butanol (NBA) in the presence of Sulphuric Acid as a catalyst. The production process involves combined heating of Acetic Acid, Butanol and Sulphuric Acid in a reactor at 89 dec. Celsius, followed by the condensation of vapors containing Butac, Butanol and water. The unreacted alcohol is reused for further reaction while the remaining mixture is made to undergo distillation to cast off the by-products.