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ICIS report for US Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene, or ABS, covers domestic prices for medium and high grade injection material and medium and high grade extrusion material.
Domestic prices are set by contract negotiations between producers, sellers, distributors, and buyers, taking into account that discounts generally offered depending on the order size.
There are no predetermined contract settlement dates and the ICIS report reflects the fluidity of price movements which often respond to feed stock prices.
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US acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS) prices were unchanged in the first part of the third quarter, followed by a 2 cents/lb increase that continued to hold.
Feedstock costs had little impact early on, mainly because they were mixed. Acrylonitrile (ACN) spot prices rose on tight supply because of scheduled turnarounds. However, that was offset by butadiene (BD) contract prices, which dropped sharply in August and rolled over on a split settlement in September. Styrene monomer (SM) was mostly flat.
ABS prices increased in early October as BD contracts and SM nominations rose then held steady as BD and SM spot prices continued to drop.
The US auto industry continued to drive demand for ABS in plastic parts. Automakers began ramping up production to introduce new models, but because the uptick was gradual, producers said they have been able to manage capacity. Despite some downward movement in September auto sales, demand for ABS remained relatively strong in October.
Meanwhile, the US housing market, which demands ABS for appliances and electronics and some building materials, continued to report mixed results.
Updated to mid-November 2013
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