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Updated to Q4 2017
Acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS) supply in Europe decreased overall in Q4 2017 amid ongoing logistical issues at the very start of the quarter and untypically strong demand during the end of the quarter, combined with a planned turnaround in the region. Logistical issues related to subsidence in Germany’s Rhineland Valley rail route meant the first week of October still had delays in material reaching some buyers. Very strong demand in November, which, unusual for the time of the year, carried on into December, led to many producers selling out of material and market increasing tight. A planned turnaround by Spain’s ELIX Polymers in mid-December also added to the market tightness for the quarter.
Acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS) demand in Europe increased overall in Q4 2017. The start of the quarter witnessed healthy demand in line with expectations of most players. In November and December, however, demand increased strongly with some producers selling out of material during both months. Demand in December in particular was unseasonably high, partly driven by very healthy buying appetite in the downstream automotive and electrical appliances industries
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