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BASF divests China ventures. BASF plans to sell its shares in two Korla-based joint ventures, part of its strategic reevaluation of the 1,4-butanediol (BDO) sector. BDO, a key precursor to polybutylene terephthalate (PBT), is facing a challenging market and environmental scrutiny.

The company aims to shift towards eco-friendlier BDO production, as the Korla sites’ coal-based processes contribute to a high carbon footprint. Despite no evidence of human rights violations in the ventures, allegations against a partner have hastened BASF’s exit.

BASF’s commitment to China remains strong, with the region being a focal point for chemical production growth. Greater China’s significant role in BASF’s strategy highlights its importance in driving the global chemical industry’s expansion through 2030.

auto charging

Envalior ramps up production in china. Envalior boosts its production in China, focusing on the growing e-mobility and E&E markets.

The company has completed expansions at its Jiangyin and Changzhou sites, installing new compounding lines.

These locations now produce materials like PA46, PA4T, PA410, PA66, PA6, PBT, and TPC, vital for the automotive and electronics industries.

Announced on October 12, 2023, in Düsseldorf, this expansion aligns with Envalior’s commitment to a low-carbon, circular economy.

The Chinese market’s growth, particularly in e-mobility, drives the demand for these high-performance and specialty engineering materials.

Envalior, established in 2023 with a 100-year legacy, blends DSM Engineering Materials and LANXESS High Performance Materials’ expertise.

new product

Polyplstics unveils cost-saving PBT. Polyplastics has launched a new electrically conductive grade called DURANEX® PBT 201EB.

The company specifically designed the material for millimeter wave radar applications.

The new product comes with an electromagnetic wave shielding feature.

This feature helps to absorb electromagnetic waves. This makes it possible to use the material in double-shot molding with radome materials made from PBT.

This two-stage molding process can help reduce production costs for assembly, making DURANEX® PBT 201EB an ideal material for cost reduction.

PBT is a polyester resin used for automotive parts, electrical components, and packaging due to its high stiffness, heat resistance, and moldability.

Polyplastics is a global manufacturer of engineering thermoplastics, with its headquarters in Tokyo, Japan. The company produces a wide range of high-performance plastics, including polyacetal (POM), polybutylene terephthalate (PBT).

falling prices

European Polybutylene Terephthalate (PBT) market faces downside pressure in February, according to the latest GC Intelligence market analysis.

European PBT market prices continue to face downward pressure, with forecasts predicting further decreases throughout the year.

Despite a slight ease in pressure from Asian imports, negative factors such as falling gas prices and macroeconomic weakness persist.

Some industries are performing better than others. The automotive sector continues to show signs of improvement. However, the construction and consumer goods industries have experienced a slowdown.

Although there have been some positive developments in the supply of PBT, suppliers are still facing high costs. As such they have been reluctant to make significant price decreases.

verall, the European PBT market remains uncertain, with the potential for a rebound later in the year, but the best-case scenario for now is an ease in the downside.

lower prices

BDO prices post losses in November on the back of slowing demand and competition from imports.

After the spikes during the pandemic, prices posted downward corrections since the spring.

From the peaks, prices lost almost €2000/mt.

Players experienced a recovery after the summer. But the rebound quickly run out of steam and prices continued their downard direction in October and November.

The lower prices of BDO from imports have placed pressure on domestic prices.

Domestic sellers lowered their offers in line with the competition from imports, but also because of the lower demand.

The current poor demand is also linked to destocking. Therefore, this raises expectations of a rebound early next year.

However, any recovery will be limited by the overall slowdown in demand from waning economic activity not only in Europe but globally.

Butanediol (BDO) is a major feedstock of polybutylene terephthalate (PBT).

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