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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 2014
The European styrene butadiene rubber (SBR) market has remained relatively stable throughout the third quarter in line with most expectations.
Contract prices continued to track the developments of its main feedstock butadiene (BD) with the exception of August when prices rolled over because of the traditional slow-down in SBR demand and operations during that summer month.
Some weaker spot prices were heard mid-quarter as Asian prices remained weak, limiting export possibilities. However, a rebound in Asian prices together with a stronger dollar versus the euro was putting the European market in a slightly stronger position by the end of the quarter as it limited imports but favoured exports.
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