Weekly Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS) reports are published in Asia, China, Europe and the US.
Asia and China cover spot prices for one grade in different regions, while US and Europe report domestic prices for different grades. All contain independent market news and analysis gathered by our locally based reporters. Content includes overviews, production news, upstream information and import movements, when applicable. These reports are an essential tool to help you make confident commercial decisions.
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 Q2 2016
ABS demand in Europe is expected to retain the strong trend it had since the beginning of the year with the automotive and appliances sectors being the main drivers of growth. Producers expect that feedstock styrene could continue to move higher in the course of the second quarter, although buyers argue that the movement of crude oil will be the key defining factor for the European ABS market.
US ABS prices in the second quarter are expected to increase for feedstock-based formula settlements, with upstream costs supported by rising crude. Freely-negotiated settlements are also expected to increase late in the second quarter, as ABS producers look to expand margins amid strengthening demand. ABS supply is expected to remain steady domestically, and imports could slow on a narrower gap between them and domestic volumes.
Asia ABS prices took a breather in early April after a relentless march upwards from mid February, after the Lunar New Year holidays. Strong performance in the feedstock styrene and butadiene sectors prompted ABS makers to hike prices throughout most of March. Suppliers acknowledged that price hike in the second quarter, while still likely, would be more gradual after the hefty increase and stronger buyers’ resistance.
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Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene Methodology
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.