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Styrene butadiene rubber China Transcript
The styrene butadiene rubber (SBR) China weekly report covers non-oil SBR and oil-extended SBR.
The key prices quoted are Chinese yuan prices at warehouse East, North, South and North East China and the US dollar price cost insurance freight (CIF) China.
The report gives an excellent and comprehensive overview of the market. It covers the changes in market sentiment, changes in supply and demand and looks upstream to feedstocks and downstream to customer industries and products.
It is important for the report to look upstream because the price of SBR is largely driven by the price of butadiene.
The report also watches alternatives such as natural rubber which competes in tyres.
ICIS keeps closely in touch with major producers to obtain information about ex-works prices first hand.
The report also covers the changing of routine rates of plants, projects and shut downs. It captures information about the flows of import cargoes to China especially from Korea and Russia. These two countries account for around 50% of China’s SBR imports.
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Updated to Q4 2014
Non-oil grade 1502 styrene butadiene rubber (SBR) spot prices fell steadily during the fourth quarter of 2014 amid ample supply and weak demand.
Non-oil grade 1502 SBR prices fell to an average of $ 1,625/tonne CIF (cost, insurance & freight) China in early December, down from an average of $1,875/tonne CIF China in early October.
A slowing Chinese economy and concerns over the proposed US anti-dumping duties on China-made tyre imports crimped the spot appetite for SBR, as the downstream tyre producers in China cut their production output, given the uncertain market outlook.
Falling crude oil and feedstock butadiene (BD) prices during the seasonal lull period towards the fiscal year-end also further weighed down prices.
US crude oil prices had plunged to around $61/bbl in early December, down by about 40% since June, while feedstock BD prices fell to below $1,000/tonne CFR (cost & freight) northeast Asia Asia in early December, down about 30% since early October.
Amid increasingly bearish market sentiment and in view of the falling upstream crude and feedstock prices, SBR producers were under pressure to lower their offers.
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