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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 Q1 2015
The European styrene butadiene rubber (SBR) market remained soft amid bearish market fundamentals throughout the first quarter.
Demand was lacklustre and was showing little signs of improvement. Cheap Russian availability continued to weigh heavily on the European market during the first two months of the year, but the low numbers disappeared in March because of reduced supply and a firming energy complex. Higher prices in Asia also provided support, but there were concerns about their sustainability having been driven by supply issues and feedstock butadiene (BD) cost pressure, rather than by a structural improvement in demand.
A higher-than-expected styrene monomer contract price for March pushed SBR prices higher in March. Producers targeted higher numbers, but this was offset by the still long supply and demand balance in Europe.
Gains in the energy complex, higher prices on feedstock BD for April and an expected increase in styrene prices prompted SBR producers to push for increases of about €100/tonne for SBR in April. Negotiations were ongoing at the time of writing.
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