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Styrene butadiene rubber Overview Transcript
Styrene butadiene rubber or SBR in short is a synthetic rubber; it is used in the production of tyres in the automotive sector, as well as in the footwear industry. It is traded widely in Asia. The major producers are in Northeast Asia, South Korea, China, Taiwan, and Japan.
It is a spot product that is traded by traders as well as by distributors, consumers and producers.
Its prices are driven primarily by supply and demand. If there is more demand than supply, then obviously prices will rise.
In Asia the SBR prices are to a large extent determined by the natural rubber prices. This is because both natural rubber and SBR are substitutes used in the production of tyres, Which ever goes up or comes down will impact each other.
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Updated to Q4 2016
Styrene butadiene rubber (SBR) contracts for October and November settled at double-digit increases, depending on grade and account, due to upward butadiene (BD) feedstock increases.
SBR spot prices edged higher, continuing an upward pricing trend which started several months ago. This was due to rebounding BD prices in Asia and triple-digit hikes in natural rubber (NR) prices since the start of November, which lifted export demand from Europe to Asia.
In December, the BD contract price rolled over although opinions on the direction of pricing expectations differed before the settlement was announced. Tyre demand was said to be subdued and is expected to taper off around mid-December due to the holiday period.
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