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Updated to Q4 2017
INEOS Styrolution is increasing the capacity of its acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS) plant in Altamira, Mexico by 70,000 tonnes/year to 180,000 tonnes/year. The new production was expected to be on line in December, with full rates beginning in 2018. Korea and Taiwan are two of the three largest ABS suppliers to the US. Imports from both countries in the fourth quarter were largely determined by prices and demand in China. Through October, Mexico was the second-largest ABS supplier to the US.
Acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS) demand typically drops off in November and December due to seasonality factors, and that was the case in 2017 as well. Fourth-quarter ABS demand got a shot in the arm from strong automotive sales. Following successive hurricanes in Texas in late August and in Florida in early September, approximately 1m replacement automobiles were purchased. Of those, it is estimated that 600,000 were new cars. The largest ABS demand sector is electronic/electrical, followed by appliance parts.
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