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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.
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Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene: Market overview
Updated to Q3 2017
Asian ABS buying momentum picked up in June with users building up inventories ahead of the third quarter manufacturing for exports season in China. Domestic Chinese demand for the resin remained firm, while import demand looked set to strengthen further in the third quarter. Tight supply forced a number of suppliers to put customers on allocation from time to time.
European ABS prices are unclear looking into the third quarter. Slight decreases are anticipated in July, as less activity is expected during the summer season. The market outlook is relatively balanced. Raw material costs have been unpredictable during the first two quarters, which helped to drive prices down in May. Possible price movement would likely be the result of volatility in raw material markets.
The US ABS market is entering the third quarter in a stabilised position after most producers separately dropped June prices in the freely negotiated contract market by 6-8 cents/lb for general purpose grades. Demand at the start of the July is expected to be as healthy as, or even stronger, than it typically is at this time of year.
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Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene Methodology
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.