Styrene butadiene rubber Prices, markets & analysis
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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 Q3 2014
Styrene butadiene rubber (SBR) prices are not expected to increase in the third quarter as global supply remains long amid overall weak demand.
European production is being tailored closely with domestic demand, and any price increase will be supply-driven rather than demand-driven.
Meanwhile, US demand has been steady-to-lacklustre, with no evidence of the traditional uptick in demand that comes with the summer months during high-driving season. While contract prices have been softening along with feedstock butadiene (BD) costs, spot prices are facing downward pressure from less expensive imports.
In Asia, demand has been weak because of the supply glut of natural rubber (NR), which can be used as a substitute for SBR in the production of tyres for the automotive industry. Additional supply coming on stream in India is also expected to lengthen supply amid continued weak demand and to dampen buying sentiment.
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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.