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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 Q2 2016
European styrene-butadiene-rubber (SBR) April contract prices rose by triple digits on all grades because of higher feedstock prices, an uptick in seasonal demand, less availability and margin recovery from the previous month. Spot prices were firmer as European material was being diverted to Asia due to export demand that limited domestic supply.
Contract prices rose by double digits on all grades in May because of healthy demand, limited availability and butadiene (BD) gains upstream. Spot prices increased.
June contracts increased, with some tightness in BD supply upstream and producers recovering margins. June spot prices fell due to dropping Asian SBR prices and natural rubber prices falling. Export activity from Europe eased in June and the pricing gap between Europe and Asia lessened. As a result, European spot buyers continue to buy hand-to-mouth.
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