Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene Prices, markets & analysis
For clear insight into regional Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene markets, you need in-depth price reports direct from those regions.
That’s why ICIS maintains a network of locally based reporters, providing not just price assessments but market commentary and analysis.
Use ICIS information to:
- Follow fluctuations and understand factors driving them
- Input into your own internal analytical models
- Clarify settlements and contracts
- Inform negotiations
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.
Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene news and market information products from ICIS
We offer the following regional Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene coverage to keep you informed of factors and developments affecting prices in the Europe Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene marketplace.
Price Reporting – More information about the price reports we publish on Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene
Independent price assessments and market coverage
Price History – More information about the historical price data we publish on Gas
Track historical price data
News & analysis
News & Analysis - News & market analysis specifically relating to Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene
Breaking news of latest developments affecting the markets.
Insight and analysis of factors driving prices.
July’s acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS) prices saw a sharp rise of €30-50/tonne, because of a €82/tonne increase in the monthly feedstock styrene monomer (SM) contract. Producers initially targeted higher price increments, but buyers were reluctant to pay more than the feedstock composite cost pass-through. Both butadiene (BD) and acrylonitrile (ACN) prices were rolled over in July.
Some buyers were offered smaller price increases from Asian producers, particularly for the injection-moulding grade from South Korea. Several buyers and resellers in Europe were offered South Korean material at increases of €20-30/tonne. However, with a reduction from 1.6% to 0% of import duty on South Korean ABS with effect from 1 July 2014, prices for South Korean material were effectively rolled over from June.
With weaker summer demand in August and stable-to-soft feedstock costs, ABS buyers saw lower prices in August, but also a drop in September, which went against expectations. September usually sees higher prices on the back of renewed post-holiday demand, but producers had to pass on the price decline in all three September feedstocks, after having their margins squeezed. However, at least two producers saw significantly increased September demand because the stronger US dollar against the euro reduced the attractiveness of Asian material, which is priced in dollars.
Updated to Q3 2014
See a collection of featured plastics content including articles, videos, podcasts and much more at our dedicated plastics page
ICIS provides pricing information, news and analysis for all major petrochemical and chemical markets, including Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene.
We offer unbiased and independent price reporting, with our price assessments being widely quoted as benchmarks in contracts.
Our information is collected from market participants by our global network of reporters, delivering unrivalled coverage of established and emerging markets, including China and Asia.
ICIS price assessments are based on information gathered from a wide cross section of the market, comprising consumers, producers, traders and distributors. Confirmed deals, verified by both buyer and seller, provide the foundation of our price assessments, giving you a robust reference for your negotiations.
ICIS collects pricing data on a wide range of chemical, energy and fertilizer products, including Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene. Our extensive experience in price reporting means we can offer you access to historical data dating back more than 20 years for certain commodities.
Our time series of pricing data enables you to build and model trends, to get a view of where markets might be heading. The data service includes charting functionality, allowing you to chart and download multiple data series for manipulation in your own internal models. You can also export data to Excel via the ICIS dashboard service.
ICIS price assessments are based on information gathered from a wide cross-section of the market, comprising consumers, producers, traders and distributors from more than 250 reporters world-wide. Confirmed deals, verified by both buyer and seller, provide the foundation of our price assessments.
Our in-depth market knowledge drives our specialist focus, as we recognise the importance of individual market dynamics and not a one-size-fits-all approach.
Over 25 years of reporting on key chemicals markets, including Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene, has brought global recognition of our methodology as being unbiased, authoritative and rigorous in preserving our editorial integrity. Our global network of reporters in Houston, London, Singapore, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Mumbai, Perth and Moscow ensures unrivalled coverage of established and emerging markets.