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Butanediol
Butanediol
Butanediol
C4H10O2

About Butanediol. Butanediol (a.k.a. BDO, 1,4-Butanediol, Bio-Butanediol) refers to all four stable butylene glycol isomers. All are colorless liquids. Usually, Butanediol is referred to the 1,4- Butanediol, which is industrially used as a solvent and an intermediate for some plastics and polymers.

BDO can be produced from different raw materials. The conventional method starts with acetylene. Other processes use propylene oxide, maleic anhydride, or 1,3-butadiene. It is mainly produced by continuous hydrogenation of the 2-butyne-1,4-diol over modified nickel catalysts. Other routes include acetoxylation of butadiene and hydroformylation of allyl alcohol. Alternatively, BDO may also be manufactured through routes based on renewable sources, involving, for instance, the fermentation of glucose syrup followed by succinic acid hydrogenation or the direct fermentation of glucose. In such cases, it may be referred to as Bio-Butanediol or Green Butanediol.

Butanediol Handling. 1,4-Butanediol is a chemical that can be stored indefinitely. If it is necessary to store this product for long periods, storage tanks of steel or aluminum may be necessary to avoid traces of iron in the material. Also, it is advised a cover of dry nitrogen. Since it is a noncorrosive material, it can be transported in cast iron containers.

Butanediol Production. On an industrial scale, BDO has been made primarily via hydrogenation of butynediol. Production pathways based on acetoxylation of butadiene and hydroformylation of allyl alcohol have also come on stream in the past years. Most recently, in light of growing environmental concerns, some biological routes have emerged as well. Raw materials and the respective production processes employed in the manufacturing of Butanediol are listed below.

  • maleic anhydride (methyl ester formation/hydrogenation; coproduced with tetrahydrofuran),
  • allyl alcohol + synthesis gas (hydroformylation),
  • 1,4-butynediol (hydrogenation),
  • butadiene + oxygen + hydrogen (Mitsubishi process; coproduced with tetrahydrofuran),
  • succinic acid (hydrogenation)

Butanediol Uses. The uses and applications of Butanediol may vary according to its specification. Usually, Butanediol is traded with a 99.5-99.8 % purity and a melting point between 19.9 and 20.0 °C.

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  • Butanediol, US (United States): Butanediol, export transaction price, fob, United States (netback from cfr South Korea)
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Butanediol Price Outlook. The price of Butanediol (United States) decreased during April 2019 to 1,690 USD per metric ton, which represents a considerable decline of 23% compared to the previous month’s value. On a year-over-year basis, the prices of Butanediol (United States) decreased significantly by 19%. Meanwhile, the average price of Butanediol (China) amounted to 1,350 USD per metric ton, from 1,910 USD per metric ton one year earlier. On a month-over-month basis, the price of Butanediol (China) was flat.

The price of Butanediol (Southeast Asia) was flat throughout April 2019.  The price remained the same when compared to the average price in the previous month and 17% lower than the average price one year before. In contrast, the prices of Butanediol (Europe) decreased significantly during April 2019, reaching 1,550 USD per metric ton, which means a decline of 15% from the previous month’s price and a decline of 15% from the previous year’s price. 

About Butanediol. Butanediol (a.k.a. BDO, 1,4-Butanediol, Bio-Butanediol) refers to all four stable butylene glycol isomers. All are colorless liquids. Usually, Butanediol is referred to the 1,4- Butanediol, which is industrially used as a solvent and an intermediate for some plastics and polymers.

BDO can be produced from different raw materials. The conventional method starts with acetylene. Other processes use propylene oxide, maleic anhydride, or 1,3-butadiene. It is mainly produced by continuous hydrogenation of the 2-butyne-1,4-diol over modified nickel catalysts. Other routes include acetoxylation of butadiene and hydroformylation of allyl alcohol. Alternatively, BDO may also be manufactured through routes based on renewable sources, involving, for instance, the fermentation of glucose syrup followed by succinic acid hydrogenation or the direct fermentation of glucose. In such cases, it may be referred to as Bio-Butanediol or Green Butanediol.

Butanediol Handling. 1,4-Butanediol is a chemical that can be stored indefinitely. If it is necessary to store this product for long periods, storage tanks of steel or aluminum may be necessary to avoid traces of iron in the material. Also, it is advised a cover of dry nitrogen. Since it is a noncorrosive material, it can be transported in cast iron containers.

Butanediol Production. On an industrial scale, BDO has been made primarily via hydrogenation of butynediol. Production pathways based on acetoxylation of butadiene and hydroformylation of allyl alcohol have also come on stream in the past years. Most recently, in light of growing environmental concerns, some biological routes have emerged as well. Raw materials and the respective production processes employed in the manufacturing of Butanediol are listed below.

  • maleic anhydride (methyl ester formation/hydrogenation; coproduced with tetrahydrofuran),
  • allyl alcohol + synthesis gas (hydroformylation),
  • 1,4-butynediol (hydrogenation),
  • butadiene + oxygen + hydrogen (Mitsubishi process; coproduced with tetrahydrofuran),
  • succinic acid (hydrogenation)

Butanediol Uses. The uses and applications of Butanediol may vary according to its specification. Usually, Butanediol is traded with a 99.5-99.8 % purity and a melting point between 19.9 and 20.0 °C.

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