The ICIS styrene butadiene rubber report (SBR) is published in Asia, China, Europe and the US. Our network of locally-based reporters gather market intelligence to published independent price assessments for 1502 non-oil grade and 1712 oil-extended grade in Asia, China and the US, while Europe's grades are 1500, 1723 and 1783. There are contract and spot prices, depending on region.
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Styrene butadiene rubber Overview Transcript
Styrene butadiene rubber or SBR in short is a synthetic rubber; it is used in the production of tyres in the automotive sector, as well as in the footwear industry. It is traded widely in Asia. The major producers are in Northeast Asia, South Korea, China, Taiwan, and Japan.
It is a spot product that is traded by traders as well as by distributors, consumers and producers.
Its prices are driven primarily by supply and demand. If there is more demand than supply, then obviously prices will rise.
In Asia the SBR prices are to a large extent determined by the natural rubber prices. This is because both natural rubber and SBR are substitutes used in the production of tyres, Which ever goes up or comes down will impact each other.
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Styrene butadiene rubber: Market overview
Updated to Q4 2016
Styrene butadiene rubber (SBR) prices in Asia are likely to rise in October on the back of soaring feedstock butadiene (BD) costs and re-stocking activities. Demand from the derivative tyre manufacturing sector has improved due to re-stocking activities in early October to cover requirements for Q4. However, whether the SBR price uptrend is sustainable depends on the price direction of key feedstock BD. The BD price has spiked by 50% since early August and it remains to be seen whether this price uptrend can continue into December.
In Europe, SBR prices are likely to rise due to higher feedstock costs in October. Spot prices have also seen recent upward movement due to less supply. Demand is likely to remain steady until an expected drop-off in December.
Feedstock costs will also determine the price direction for SBR prices in the US market. October prices rose, and another increase is expected in November. However, overall market fundamentals are expected to remain steady. Material remains available with ample inventories amidst the hurricane season and other weather concerns. Demand is stable with de-stocking activities yet to occur. Nevertheless, business is expected to wind down towards the end of the year for the traditional wintertime lull.
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Styrene Butadiene Rubber Methodology
About Styrene butadiene rubber
Styrene butadiene rubber (SBR) is similar to natural rubber in its resistance to mild solvents and chemicals and, like natural rubber, can be successfully bonded to many materials. No acute health hazards are known or expected for SBR.
Styrene butadiene rubber is the largest volume synthetic rubber. With over 70% of SBR being consumed in the manufacture of tyres and tyre products, demand is very much dependent on this sector.
There are two major types of styrene butadiene rubber – emulsion SBR and solution SBR. There is a trend towards the increasing use of solution SBR as it is able to meet the increasingly stringent specifications in the manufacture of high performance tyres.
SBR is produced by the copolymerisation of butadiene with styrene in the approximate proportion of 3:1 by weight.
Emulsion SBR is produced using a continuous process while solution SBR can be produced on both continuous and batch processes.