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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 Q4 2014
Global demand for polybutadiene rubber (PBR) is expected to remain poor in the fourth quarter of 2014 because of the weak macroeconomic conditions and a slowing Chinese economy. The feedstock butadiene (BD) cost is another factor that may weigh on PBR pricing in the months ahead.
Although the US economy has picked up, the European economy remains weak and China’s economic growth has slowed down this year. China is the largest car market and the second-largest economy in the world. PBR is used mainly in the production of tyres for commercial vehicles.
India’s automotive industry, which has been touted as having huge growth potential, has seen improved passenger car sales in recent months, but sales for commercial vehicles remain weak, according to an industry trade body.
Falling natural rubber (NR) prices, which have dropped by about 35% since early this year to around $1,420/tonne in early October, have also weighed on demand for PBR. NR and PBR are substitute raw materials for the production of tyres.
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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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