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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
US acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS) prices are expected to remain relatively flat in the second quarter amid flat demand and ample supply. Producers were able to implement initial price increases of 4 cents/lb, with two producers seeking increase initiatives of an additional 4 cents/lb, for some markets.
Market participants are optimistic that demand from the housing sector will continue to improve and auto sales will return to its upward trend now that severe cold weather issues have mostly subsided.
First-quarter lacklustre Asia ABS demand is expected to continue into the second. Users of ABS in China said there were fewer-than-expected orders for finished goods for exports in March. Traders expect demand to show limited improvement in the second quarter amid the current uneven economic recovery and slowdown in China.
European ABS demand should pick up in the second quarter but may be dampened slightly by holidays in mid-April and the beginning of May. Promising signs from the automotive sector could lift demand slightly above that of 2013, while prices will likely to be driven by feedstock movements.
Updated to mid-April 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.