The Polybutadiene rubber report is published by ICIS in Asia. This informative and reliable weekly report has spot price assessments for low-CIS and high-CIS grades. Market commentary gives the reader an overview, news on upstream markets, economic updates, regional activity as well as graphs.
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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 Q2 2016
Spot prices of polybutadiene rubber (PBR) are expected to remain firm in Q2 2016 on rising feedstock butadiene (BD) costs and re-stocking activities.
Rising BD costs are expected to boost the PBR prices as Asian PBR makers hike offers to recoup margins.
The second quarter is a strong manufacturing season and the downstream tyre factories are expected to ramp up operating rates.
Rising natural rubber (NR) prices are also expected to further bolster the PBR price uptrend. However, ample PBR supply, with additional capacities from new PBR plants in Malaysia and the Middle East, may hamper significant price spikes during this period.
Nonetheless, major PBR makers in Asia are optimistic that price increases will be sustainable in Q2, given the expected increases in NR prices.
NR and PBR prices tend to move in tandem as they are substitutes in the production of tyres for the automotive industry.
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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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