1,3 BDO​ price May 2023 and forecast (see chart below)

  • USA:US$4.11/KG, -1.4% down
  • Europe:US$4.42/KG, -1.1% down
  • China:US$3.06/KG, -0.3% down
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1,3-Butanediol (1,3-BDO) price index

This post is a summary of the global 1,3-Butanediol (1,3-BDO) price developments. The price developments of global 1,3-Butanediol (1,3-BDO) are expressed in US$ prices converted FX rates applicable at the time when the price was valid. 1,3-Butanediol (1,3-BDO) price index developments are calculated from multiple separate sources of data to ensure statistical accuracy.

The outlook for global BDO prices, on the second tab, is generated from different inputs including:

  • Very recent price developments of immediate cost drivers of global 1,3-Butanediol (1,3-BDO) prices
  • Recent price developments of underlying feedstocks which drive the price of 1,3-BDO
  • Market futures for both cost drives and feedstocks of global 1,3-Butanediol (1,3-BDO) prices
  • Adjustment of current supply/demand imbalances in the 1,3-Butanediol (1,3-BDO) market
  • Longer term trends in likely demand conditions

Further information on 1,3-Butanediol (1,3-BDO):

Here is further information on 1,3-Butanediol


What is 1,3-Butanediol

1,3-Butanediol, also known as 1,3-BD or BD, is a clear, colorless, viscous liquid with a sweet, fruity smell. It is a diol, which means that it contains two hydroxyl (-OH) groups. 1,3-Butanediol is an intermediate in the production of a number of chemicals, including plastics, resins, and solvents, and it has a number of industrial and commercial uses.


How is 1,3-Butanediol produced

1,3-Butanediol is typically produced by the fermentation of sugars, such as glucose, using microorganisms. It can also be produced by the hydrogenation of acetylene or by the hydrolysis of epichlorohydrin.


Where is 1,3-Butanediol used

1,3-Butanediol has a number of industrial and commercial uses. It is used as a solvent in the production of resins, plastics, and fibers, and it is also used as a plasticizer and a humectant in the production of cosmetics and personal care products. In addition, 1,3-Butanediol is used as a starting material in the production of a number of chemicals, including 1,4-butanediol, which is used in the production of plastics and resins, and gamma-butyrolactone, which is used as a solvent and a building block for the synthesis of other chemicals.

1,3-Butanediol is also used in the production of pharmaceuticals, flavors, and fragrances, and it has been studied for use as a solvent in the production of biofuels.


Further information on 1,3-Butanediol


Trade information on 1,3-Butanediol

According to https://oec.world/ :

Diols except ethylene and propylene glycol are the world’s 1457th most traded product.

In 2020, the top exporters of Diols except ethylene and propylene glycol were Germany ($320M), United States ($246M), Chinese Taipei ($186M), South Korea ($155M), and Netherlands ($144M).

In 2020, the top importers of Diols except ethylene and propylene glycol were China ($284M), Italy ($143M), South Korea ($138M), Germany ($124M), and Netherlands ($88.8M).


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