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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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Updated to Q3 2016
European styrene butadiene rubber (SBR) contracts settled at a rollover for July due to a compromise on both sides of the market after butadiene (BD) settled up for July and styrene fell sharply.
In the spot market, SBR prices have remained stable and supply was overall balanced despite planned outages at the end of July and in August. Some lower priced material was seen from eastern Europe due to low demand, though European producers said that low demand was usual for this time of year.
August SBR contracts have settled at a rollover, according to market participants because of steady upstream BD prices in August and flat demand. Spot activity was also weighed down in August by low priced imports and waning demand during the holiday period.
SBR September contract prices settled at rollovers to small increases, depending on account, according to buyers and sellers because of the upward BD September contract settlement. Rollovers were heard on dry grade contracts because of unchanged market conditions despite the recent supply constraints in the upstream BD market. 1700 grade contracts increased by single digits, with a smaller cost pass-through seen when compared to dry grade material.
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