Market Overview: China Acrylonitirle Butadiene Styrene (ABS) Annual Study

ICIS has recently launched the latest version of the China ABS Study, an in-depth report of the year’s developments and hot topics, with a supply/demand outlook for 2015.

Domestic ABS capacity hit 3.79m tonnes after CNOOC Lejin Chemical started up its 150,000 tonne/year unit in March 2014, with total domestic output at 2.27m tonnes. Despite a higher self-sufficiency ratio, import volumes in 2014 increased by 28,000 tonnes from 2013 to 1.07m tonnes, covering around 43% of total demand.
Import cargoes still play an important role in the domestic ABS market. Most import ABS cargoes are processed and then re-exported because export producers are strict with their products and the quality and performance of domestic ABS specialties are not as good as those of import cargoes. Overseas producers need to pay attention to a number of factors when entering the Chinese market. The first one is the supply side: it seems that there wilol not be massive expansion of domestic ABS capacity in the short term and the overall supply will be largely stable. The second factor is: the demand side. Demand from the automobile, air-conditioner, computer equipment and colour TV sectors grew rapidly, up by 7.9 - 17% compared with 2013. The last factor: the domestic market is under pressure because of the macroeconomic background. Competition among producers is fierce and margins may be squeezed. Producers are cautious about pricing and the gap between the high-end and low-end prices is narrowing. Traders have little room to manoeuvre. As a result, flexible pricing of import cargoes is also important, apart from good quality.
The ICIS China ABS Annual Study will give you a better understanding of China's ABS market by giving you relevant insights and comprehensive information surrounding the recent developments and hot topics mentioned above.

Comprehensive analysis and forecast for China's ABS market

The ICIS China ABS Annual Study is an in-depth report of the year’s developments and hot topics with a supply/demand outlook for 2015. It provides credible data and analysis to support your annual sales and strategy planning by giving you all of the following: 

  • China ABS market review for 2014
  • Regional supply and company profile (2013-2015)
  • ABS demand analysis and forecast until 2015
  • China ABS imports by origin, customs and mode of transport
  • A look into price trends and drivers
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Key questions answered by the annual study:

  • How does China's macroeconomic situation impact the domestic ABS market?
  • Will the domestic supply in China influence the sales market of international producers?