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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 Q4 2014
The European styrene butadiene rubber (SBR) market remained under downwards price pressure throughout the fourth quarter.
Beneficial exchange rates, which had favoured exports while limiting imports, helped steady the market at the start of the quarter, but rapid declines in Asian pricing, because of oversupply and worries over the economy, saw this export outlet eventually disappear. The falls in crude oil also negatively impacted market sentiment.
Contract prices continued to track those of primary feedstock butadiene (BD), although the rate of decline was steeper than had been seen all year. Spot prices also came under more extensive bearish pressure as the year-end approached and players worked to de-stock. European consumers began to receive very competitive offers from Asian and Russian suppliers once again.
Sources said there was little to be optimistic about for 2014, and many did not expect the situation to turn around in the first quarter of 2015 either.
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