EU S-SBR imports, exports rise on underliying growth - Eurostat

19 December 2013 14:41 Source:ICIS News

LONDON (ICIS)--Solution styrene-butadiene-rubber (S-SBR) EU imports and exports rose in October, according to data from statistics agency Eurostat on Thursday.

Tyre labelling legislation introduced in November 2012 has incentivised the switch to S-SBR from emulsion styrene-butadiene-rubber (E-SBR). The tyre industry accounts for in excess of 70% of total SBR consumption in Europe, according to market estimates.

S-SBR imports into the EU from the rest of the world rose by 78% in October year on year. In the same period, exports rose 11% year on year, according to Eurostat.

EU S-SBR import and export data by Eurostat (units: tonnes)

Period

Import

Export

Oct 2012

4,013

8,408

Oct 2013

7,150

9,372

% change year on year

78

11

Eurostat import/export data is subject to revision as more detailed information becomes available.

By Mark Victory