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Polybutadiene Overview Transcript
Polybutadiene rubber or PBR is polymerised butadiene. Butadiene is the main feedstock for PBT.
It is used mainly by the tyre makers in the production of tyres for the automotives industry.
The major PBR producers in Asia are based in Northeast Asia in China, Japan, Korea and Taiwan. The major buyers are the tyre makers; they are based in Northeast Asia and Southeast Asia in Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia.
It is a product that is traded in the spot market by traders as well as by suppliers.
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Polybutadiene rubber: Market overview
Updated to Q1 2015
Global demand for polybutadiene rubber (PBR) is expected to remain weak in the first quarter of 2015 because of the weak macro-economic conditions and a slowing Chinese economy.
China is the world’s largest car market and the world’s second largest economy.
Although the US economy has picked up, the European economy remains stagnant while the Chinese economy is expected to slow further in the first quarter of 2015.
Falling crude oil prices, which have halved since June 2014, continued to weigh on market sentiment.
Concerns over the US anti-dumping duties on China-made tyres have led to cuts in production output at Chinese tyre factories.
PBR is used in the production of tyres for commercial vehicles.
India, which has been said as having huge growth potential in the automotive industry, has continued to see weak sales in commercial vehicles amid a sluggish economy.
Oversupply issues and prevailing weak global demand for PBR are likely to see a lacklustre first quarter, with prices under pressure from upstream crude and feedstock butadiene costs.
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Butadiene Rubber Methodology
About Polybutadiene rubber
Polybutadiene butadiene rubber (PBR), sometimes called polybutadiene rubber (BR), is a polymerised butadiene. Butadiene is the main feedstock for BR. Its key properties include high elasticity, good wear resistance, along with good flexibility at variable temperatures – it is especially good for uses which require exposure to low temperatures.
The major use of BR is in tyres with a high proportion of the polymer produced going into treads and sidewalls. BR imparts excellent abrasion resistance (good tread wear), and low rolling resistance (good fuel economy) due to its low glass transition temperature.
Apart from tyre treads - belts, hoses, gaskets and other automobile parts are also made from polybutadiene because it stands up to cold temperatures better than other elastomers.
BR also has a major application as an impact modifier for polystyrene (PS) and acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) resin.
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