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Updated to Q1 2017
US Gulf styrene butadiene rubber (SBR) contracts surged by double-digit amounts in January, February and March. The significant increases were mostly a result of soaring upstream costs, particularly for main feedstock butadiene (BD).
Meanwhile, SBR spot prices have surged, not only because of higher feedstock costs, but also because of tight supply and good demand.
SBR production has been reduced because of limited availability in the upstream BD and styrene markets. Some suppliers are also seeing an increase in enquiries from customers amid talk that a plant is closing. Sources said the producer is currently operating, but evaluating various options for its business.
Market participants have also been monitoring the global trade flow of SBR. While SBR imports have been prevalent in the past, US Gulf suppliers have seen some export opportunities amid recent high prices in Asia.
In the meantime, the US government has implemented preliminary antidumping duties on SBR imports from Brazil, Korea, Mexico and Poland. A final decision is expected in the summer.
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