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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
Asia’s demand for polybutadiene rubber (BR) is expected to remain subdued in the second quarter of 2014 because of a slowing Chinese economy and political uncertainty in the emerging markets of southeast Asia and India.
Demand for BR in Thailand and Indonesia, which are major automotive production centres in southeast Asia, is expected to remain soft, given their uncertain political outlook.
Thailand is mired in a prolonged political stalemate, while Indonesia is expected to hold its presidential elections in July.
Demand in India, which is also having its general elections in the second quarter, is also expected to be stagnant, as market players adopt a cautious stance.
However, a bright spark in the global market may come from the US, which has seen higher auto sales in 2014 as the US economy rebounds.
Demand in Europe is also expected to pick up, following positive economic data from Germany and the UK. However, the situation in Ukraine may weigh on demand in Europe, given the possible fallout from the potential political crisis.
Updated to mid-April 2014
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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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