Polybutylene Terephthalate Price Trend and Forecast

Regional Price Overview

Get the latest insights on price movement and trend analysis of Polybutylene Terephthalate in different regions across the world (Asia, Europe, North America, Latin America, and the Middle East & Africa).

Polybutylene Terephthalate Price Trend for the First Half of 2023


Polybutylene Terephthalate prices exhibited mixed price behaviour throughout the first half of 2023, given the fluctuations in downstream demands from the automotive, polymer, and EV sectors. The first quarter started with low prices; however, soon, the prices inclined as the demand-supply gap widened.

The rising crude oil prices (given the production cuts) led to high upstream cost pressure. Further, after the holiday season, the manufacturing capacities were not running at full, leading to a fall in inventory stocks. Hence, the PBT prices inclined towards the end of the first quarter. This inclined trend continued well within the second quarter, considering the high downstream offtakes amidst inventory shortages.


The European Polybutylene Terephthalate market fluctuated throughout the period under discussion. Q1 majorly witnessed an inclination in prices, as the demands exceeded the supplies and existing stocks could not cater to high downstream demands. But as the second quarter approached, the manufacturers enhanced their production rates churning products at a much faster pace, which, combined with the consistent downstream demands, resulted in an almost flattened curve. Hence, polybutylene terephthalate prices experienced stable market dynamics in the second quarter.

North America

In North America, Polybutylene Terephthalate price trends mostly wavered on the upper end, as the EV and automotive sectors posed consistently high demands. Suppliers kept ordering more products to fulfil the demands as decent profit margins were maintained. These trends continued till mid-Q2, after which they stabilized as demands got steady. Overall, positive market sentiments were recorded for PBT prices.

Analyst Insight

According to the Procurement Resource, Polybutylene Terephthalate prices are expected to fluctuate in the coming months. The strong demand amid erratic supplies and feedstock fluctuations will likely impact the market heavily.

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PBT is a semi-aromatic, semi-crystalline thermoplastic belonging to the class of polyesters. It is an essential class of polyesters due to its attractive properties like high tensile strength, good resistance to chemical stresses, durability, heat resistance, etc. It can be easily moulded and thermoformed and is closely related to PET (Polyethylene terephthalate). Compared to PET, it has somewhat lower strength but is more flexible than PET.

Product Details

Report Features Details
Product Name Polybutylene Terephthalate
HS CODE 3907995010
CAS Number 24968-12-5
Industrial Uses Electrical Insulators, Automotives, Fibre Optic Cables, Fire-safe Polymers, Switches, Electrical Components
Chemical Formula (C12H12O4)n
Synonyms PBT, Poly(oxy-1,4-butanediyloxycarbonyl-1,4-phenylenecarbonyl)
Molecular Weight Variable
Supplier Database Almaak International GmbH, BASF SE, Celanese Corporation, DowDuPont, Inc., Chang Chun Group, Enviroplas, Inc.
Region/Countries Covered Asia Pacific: China, India, Indonesia, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Japan, Philippines, Vietnam, Iran, Thailand, South Korea, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, Nepal, Taiwan, Sri Lanka, UAE, Israel, Hongkong, Singapore, Oman, Kuwait, Qatar, Australia, and New Zealand

Europe: Germany, France, United Kingdom, Italy,  Spain, Russia, Turkey, Netherlands, Poland, Sweden, Belgium, Austria, Ireland Switzerland, Norway, Denmark, Romania, Finland, Czech Republic, Portugal and Greece

North America: United States and Canada

Latin America: Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Columbia, Chile, Ecuador, and Peru

Africa: South Africa, Nigeria, Egypt, Algeria, Morocco
Currency US$ (Data can also be provided in local currency)
Supplier Database Availability Yes
Customization Scope The report can be customized as per the requirements of  the customer
Post-Sale Analyst Support 360-degree analyst support after report delivery

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Production Processes

  • Polybutylene Terephthalate Production from Polycondensation

PBT is produced by polycondensation of terephthalic acid or dimethyl terephthalate with 1,4–butanediol in the presence of special catalysts like titanium, tin, or germanium derivatives to obtain high molecular mass polymers.


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