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Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene Overview Transcript
The Asian ABS market is the fastest growing among the stryrenic resins. This is mainly due to them being used in many applications.
Common useage for ABS include sectors such as automobiles, consumer electronics, office equipment, personal computers, toys and construction.
ABS can be fused with other plastics to form alloys. This further extends the useage of the resin in other sectors such as mobile phone casings which use PC/ABS alloy.
China is the largest importer and user of the resin in Asia given its huge manufacturing base.
The spot market is active and liquid with major sellers from Taiwan, Korea, and South East Asia competing for a piece of the action each week China continues to expand its domestic ABS capacity each year, but demand always increases in tandem, resulting in the continual need for large volume imports.
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Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene: Market overview
Growth in the European acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS) market in 2014 is not expected to be more than 1-2% above 2013 levels, if at all, according to market participants. The overall economic situation in Europe remains subdued, with the automotive sector in particular expected to be slow into 2014. Softer automotive demand may continue to be offset by demand form the electronics and appliances sectors. Quarter one prices will be mostly driven by, and move in line with feedstocks, which was a common pattern for most of 2013. However, an expected pick-up in demand following the Christmas holiday period has seen at least one ABS producer target price increases above that of the monomer increase for January. Cheaper Asian material, in particular from South Korea, will also factor into some European producers’ pricing discussions in the first quarter, as Asian prices are expected to remain lower than European supplier prices.
In the US, ABS market participants expect the first quarter to be "typical" for this time of the year, as volumes are expected to come back up after a slow fourth quarter. Some are predicting conditions to be similar to the first quarter of last year. Rising feedstock costs have been squeezing producer margins, but several suppliers have announced price increase initiatives for January and are considering further increases for February. Some buyers said they do not see the demand to support the increases, especially since there is continued pressure from Asian imports. However, suppliers are predicting domestic demand to be strong, especially since US automotive sales are expected to increase by 1.5m units in 2014. Meanwhile, the market is not anticipating supply 0issues, and it appears monomer costs in March will not change significantly from February, sources said.
In Asia, the ABS market is expected to remain weak until the second quarter at least. Weak demand for Asian-made goods from the US and the eurozone is expected to curb demand for resins. The key appliance and electronics sectors look likely to remain lacklustre in the first quarter as production of goods are in a lull due to the Lunar New Year holidays in late January and early February. Many ABS producers in Asia have trimmed output rates from November last year and have entered 2014 with lower stock levels. A number of makers have increased output in January to build up some inventories as end-users could be looking to replenish resins after the Lunar New Year holidays. However, overall demand is expected not to improve significantly in the near term as the production peak season is in the third quarter.
Updated to mid-Jan 2014
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About Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene
Acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS) is the largest-volume engineering resin. Its biggest use is in the automotive industry, followed by the electronics sector. Other applications include domestic appliances, pipes, fittings and other construction products, and recreational items such as boats and mobile homes.
ABS is also blended with other polymers such as polycarbonate or polyvinyl chloride (PVC) for injection moulding applications.
An amorphous thermoplastic blend, ABS is available in a range of compositions and properties, depending on the ratio of monomer feedstocks (15-35% acrylonitrile, 5-30% butadiene and 40-60% styrene), to give a large number of grades and applications.
Due to its flexibility of composition and structure, ABS can exhibit a wide range of properties, allowing its use in diverse applications. ABS resins are composed of over 50% styrene and varying amounts of butadiene and acrylonitrile (ACN). Styrene provides rigidity and ease of processing, ACN offers chemical resistance and heat stability, and butadiene gives toughness and impact strength.