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 Q4 2017
Several SBR plants in China, Taiwan and South Korea will shut for maintenance in October and November.
Demand for SBR is expected to remain stable in the fourth quarter as tyre makers keep operating rates steady during this period. However, the downstream tyre makers may start ramping up their operating rates towards the end of the year prior to the Lunar New Year holidays in February 2018.
European styrene butadiene rubber (SBR) supply started to lessen towards the end of September as sellers were lower on stocks. October could see reduced supply if export opportunities continue from Europe to Asia due to the reopened arbitrage window between the two regions. This year the market has seen pricing volatility due to upstream pricing swings and because of surging prices in Asia.
Demand for styrene butadiene rubber (SBR) could remain at a steady to higher level in October. In December and at the end of the final quarter in 2017, styrene butadiene rubber (SBR) demand in Europe typically lessens as market players reduce inventory levels before stepping away from the market again for the festive period.
Supply is expected to lengthen in the fourth quarter as demand in downstream tyre markets is expected seasonally lower. However, some lingering upstream outages after Hurricane Harvey could limit the length.
Demand is expected to ease in the fourth quarter due to a seasonal lull in downstream downstream tyre markets, which is the largest outlet for US SBR. However, US tyre sales may get a slight bump in the fourth quarter as vehicles are replaced following several major hurricanes in the US, which may limit the decrease in SBR demand.
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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.