The ICIS styrene butadiene rubber report (SBR) is published in Asia, China, Europe and the US. Our network of locally-based reporters gather market intelligence to published independent price assessments for 1502 non-oil grade and 1712 oil-extended grade in Asia, China and the US, while Europe's grades are 1500, 1723 and 1783. There are contract and spot prices, depending on region.
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Styrene butadiene rubber: Market overview
Updated to Q2 2017
The US styrene budatiene rubber (SBR) market is expected to see some price relief from lower feedstock costs. Butadiene (BD) April contracts fell significantly and the market is expected to see some softening in May and possibly June. This is expected to ease some pressure on SBR prices.
The market continues to monitor the impact of tightened supply from the shuttering of an SBR plant in Baton Rouge, Louisiana in late March. Participants are also waiting for the final determination in the antidumping duty investigation on E-SBR imports from Brazil, Korea, Mexico and Poland.
SBR prices in Asia are likely to trend lower in April due to plunging feedstock BD costs. BD costs had plummeted by 40% from early February to the end of March and are expected to bottom out in April. As a result, SBR prices are likely to face downward pressure in both April and May. Downstream tyre demand is expected to remain stable, but abundant SBR supply and lower costs are likely to weigh on the SBR price trend.
SBR spot prices in Europe could soften further as Asia’s attractiveness as an export destination has faded considerably due to the recent slide in prices, which is also expected to improve European supply. With BD contract prices in Europe rolling over in April, some players expect prices to fall in the second quarter, coupled with the impact of lower styrene feedstock prices.
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Styrene Butadiene Rubber Methodology
About Styrene butadiene rubber
Styrene butadiene rubber (SBR) is similar to natural rubber in its resistance to mild solvents and chemicals and, like natural rubber, can be successfully bonded to many materials. No acute health hazards are known or expected for SBR.
Styrene butadiene rubber is the largest volume synthetic rubber. With over 70% of SBR being consumed in the manufacture of tyres and tyre products, demand is very much dependent on this sector.
There are two major types of styrene butadiene rubber – emulsion SBR and solution SBR. There is a trend towards the increasing use of solution SBR as it is able to meet the increasingly stringent specifications in the manufacture of high performance tyres.
SBR is produced by the copolymerisation of butadiene with styrene in the approximate proportion of 3:1 by weight.
Emulsion SBR is produced using a continuous process while solution SBR can be produced on both continuous and batch processes.