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.
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Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene: Market overview
Updated to Q2 2017
After several months of feedstock increases that took European acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) prices to record levels, the market saw some much expected relief after the sharp decline in the feedstock styrene barge contract in April. Demand remains healthy as the industry moves into the second quarter, although this is typically a weaker period volume-wise compared to the first quarter. The lower styrene prices could further support volumes while both April and May are expected to be good months for order entry.
With an anticipated increase in manufacturing activities in the key Chinese market in the second quarter, demand for ABS is expected to improve and help bring down the supply overhang among traders and distributors. Meanwhile, traders remained under pressure with some reducing prices in March to move cargoes. Buyers remained in a wait-and-see mode, but with dwindling inventories, they could emerge from the sidelines in April.
Various price increases in the US ABS market will go into effect in April in the freely negotiated contract market, as producers remain holding on to bullish sentiment. The April increases come on the heels of large prices increases in February, amid sharply higher feedstock styrene and butadiene prices. Beyond April, prices look poised to drop – in line with lower Asian prices.
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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.