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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
Updated to Q1 2015
Demand for acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS) is expected to remain soft in the first quarter as buyers remained in a wait-and-see mode and on expectations that further weakness in crude and some feedstocks will depress ABS prices. Sellers expect users to replenish some stocks in January ahead of the Lunar New Year holidays in February, but buyers remain in wait-and-see mode, and buying momentum is not expected to pick up significantly.
The US ABS market is expecting improved demand after the Q4 seasonal lull. Several market sources are optimistic about the outlook for January, with volumes appearing to be good. Buyers are expected to replenish their inventories, and downstream demand from the automotive and consumer products industries continues to be strong. As a result, producers intend to keep prices flat despite the drop in crude.
European prices will follow feedstocks in Q1, with players expecting sizeable drops in January given the €290/tonne fall in the month’s styrene contract. While domestic European demand is expected to rise 1-2% in 2015, some producers will benefit from increased exports to non-European countries because of the weak euro verses the US dollar, taking back market share from Asian suppliers.
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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.