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Updated to Q3 2017
European styrene butadiene rubber (SBR) supply levels were mostly balanced to slightly longer over the summer due to dampened demand as players stepped away from the market. SBR July contracts fell by varying triple-digit amounts, primarily stemming from the steep decrease upstream in the July butadiene (BD) contract price. In August, SBR contracts also dropped due to feedstock losses upstream. September proved to be a month of cost recovery, largely due to the rise seen in feedstock prices this month as styrene saw a significant hike in the contract price, along with a double-digit rise in the BD September contract price. Average spot offers also climbed in Europe in September, due to firming sentiment after the recent recovery in the Asia markets with the arbitrage reopening from Europe to Asia which saw domestic material start to be refocused into the export market away from Europe into Asia.
European (styrene butadiene rubber) demand was lower in July and August, as market players typically step away from the market during the summer holiday period. Demand started to pick up in September due to players returning to the markets to replenish stocks.
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