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Updated to Q3 2018
Supply in the US acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS) market was steady during the third quarter, with no planned turnarounds taking place. US production was supplemented by imports; the largest ABS suppliers to the US market during the first seven months of 2018 were South Korea, Mexico and Taiwan. Imports during that time frame were down by 2% year on year. US ABS prices followed the same trend of flat-to-higher upstream styrene, acrylonitrile and butadiene prices in the third quarter.
US demand was strong during the third quarter, but seasonal at the same time. The largest contributing factor to healthy demand was the strong US economy. The construction industry made up the largest demand sector within the ABS market during the third quarter. Other key demand sectors were automotive and electronics. US ABS exports in July were up by 4.9% year on year, while exports from January through July were down by 1% from the same period a year ago.
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