Current Prices, Historical Series and Forecasts in Several Countries
Chart Description. Intratec provides Polyisobutylene prices in several countries, as follows:
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About Polyisobutylene. Polyisobutylene (a.k.a. PIB, Butyl Rubber) is a thermoplastic polymer/elastomer, with high viscosity, and for that, its main use is in the lubricant industry. Being extremely viscous also allows polyisobutylene to be used in a variety of products, such as gums, detergents, adhesives and many others. PIB is the core component in butyl rubber (about 98% PIB and 2% isoprene by weight), its second main use. It’s worth noting that it is the only rubber like elastomer that is gas impermeable.
Chemical Formula. (C4H8)n
Commercial Grades. heavy liquid; medium liquid; and low liquid (depending on the molecular weight of PIB in the solution, ranging from 300 to 250000 amu).
Uses. Polyisobutylene is mainly employed as oil and lubricant additive; hot-melt adhesive; chewing gum base; emulsion stabilizer; detergent viscosity corrector; gloss aid in lipsticks; binder; film/coating agent; pharmaceutical carrier; and pressure sensitive adhesive. It is also used in butyl rubber manufacturing; production of sealants; heat/electrical insulators; food packaging; sealing tapes; and tire production;
- Isobutylene (catalyzed polymerization).
Derivatives. polybutene thiophosphonate; propoxylates; polyisobuteneamine; and polyisobutenylsuccinic anhydride.
Methodology. The pricing data presented are, if not otherwise indicated, volume-weighted average transaction prices including contract and spot transactions in the locations specified. The information provided is obtained from gathering and refining of trade data officially reported for the respective countries (i.e., governmental agencies, institutions related to foreign trade and industry publications). For further details check our Methodology.
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