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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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Updated to Q4 2014
While European ABS prices remain driven by feedstock movements, producers have been able to mitigate the drops in December feedstock contracts because of strong demand. From the supply point of view, demand has seen a significant improvement in quarter four because of a change in the exchange rate, leading to a weaker euro against the US dollar.
This resulted in an increase in the volume of orders European producers have received from buyers who were previously purchasing US dollar-based cargoes, mostly from Asia.
As the euro weakened, European material became more attractive to non-EU customers, and exports started to increase in September, with large volumes of material heading to markets in Turkey and Russia. One European producer saw October and November demand levels drop slightly from its year-to-date record high in September, but was very happy with demand in the last part of the year.
Demand from European buyers has also been slightly improved compared to the first half of the year, but started to drop towards the end of November as the traditional seasonal lull approached.
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