Weekly Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS) reports are published in Asia, China, Europe and the US.
Asia and China cover spot prices for one grade in different regions, while US and Europe report domestic prices for different grades. All contain independent market news and analysis gathered by our locally based reporters. Content includes overviews, production news, upstream information and import movements, when applicable. These reports are an essential tool to help you make confident commercial decisions.
Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene Overview Transcript
The Asian ABS market is the fastest growing among the stryrenic resins. This is mainly due to them being used in many applications.
Common useage for ABS include sectors such as automobiles, consumer electronics, office equipment, personal computers, toys and construction.
ABS can be fused with other plastics to form alloys. This further extends the useage of the resin in other sectors such as mobile phone casings which use PC/ABS alloy.
China is the largest importer and user of the resin in Asia given its huge manufacturing base.
The spot market is active and liquid with major sellers from Taiwan, Korea, and South East Asia competing for a piece of the action each week China continues to expand its domestic ABS capacity each year, but demand always increases in tandem, resulting in the continual need for large volume imports.
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Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene: Market overview
Updated to Q1 2017
At least three US acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS) producers have separately nominated price increases for January or February in the freely negotiated contract market. Import prices from Asia are still climbing, which has put pressure on US prices to rise. The US is a net importer of ABS, and Korea and Taiwan are among the largest suppliers to the US.
Europe ABS players expect 2017 to be quite similar to last year, with no big market changes, while the average growth rate for the EMEA region during the year is expected to be 3-4%. The first quarter of the year is likely going to be the strongest for demand. Customers are restocking in January, while for February some years it has been a very strong month but other years not so much. Producers expect ABS prices to keep moving up in the first quarter, following the trend of the monthly feedstock styrene monomer (SM) contract price, which kicked off the year with another significant three-digit increase.
Asia ABS prices surged in late November and December last year. Prices remained firm in the start of 2017, with suppliers expecting higher values in the first quarter. Buoyant feedstock SM and acrylonitrile (ACN) prices and rising butadiene (BD) values are expected to underpin ABS in the weeks ahead. While demand will taper off during the Lunar New Year holiday period starting in late January, suppliers remain optimistic that buying momentum will pick up again when the market re-opens in the first half of February.
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About Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene
Acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS) is the largest-volume engineering resin. Its biggest use is in the automotive industry, followed by the electronics sector. Other applications include domestic appliances, pipes, fittings and other construction products, and recreational items such as boats and mobile homes.
ABS is also blended with other polymers such as polycarbonate or polyvinyl chloride (PVC) for injection moulding applications.
An amorphous thermoplastic blend, ABS is available in a range of compositions and properties, depending on the ratio of monomer feedstocks (15-35% acrylonitrile, 5-30% butadiene and 40-60% styrene), to give a large number of grades and applications.
Due to its flexibility of composition and structure, ABS can exhibit a wide range of properties, allowing its use in diverse applications. ABS resins are composed of over 50% styrene and varying amounts of butadiene and acrylonitrile (ACN). Styrene provides rigidity and ease of processing, ACN offers chemical resistance and heat stability, and butadiene gives toughness and impact strength.