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Updated to Q3 2016
Global demand for acrylonitrile butadiene rubber (NBR) is expected to be soft in the third quarter of 2016 amid an uncertain global market outlook.
Softness in the crude oil and natural rubber (NR) prices is expected to weigh on demand for NBR. A strong US currency against the local regional currencies in Asia is also likely to curtail spot appetite.
An anticipated fall in feedstock butadiene (BD) prices in August due to easing supply and limited spot interest may also exert downward pressure on NBR prices.
A wet monsoon season in India from July to September and the seasonal lull in demand in China during the hot summer season are expected to see limited spot appetite for NBR in the third quarter.
Furthermore, trading and manufacturing activities are expected to slow in August, in the run-up to the G20 Summit in Hangzhou city, China, on 4-5 September.
The Chinese government has issued a directive to factories in the Ningbo and Shanghai areas to either cut their operating rates or shut down as part of its measures to improve air quality during this period.
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Acrylonitrile Butadiene Rubber which is also commonly known as nitrile rubber (NBR), is a synthetic rubber copolymer of acrylonitrile (ACN) and butadiene (BD).
Acrylonitrile butadiene rubber, or nitrile rubber (NBR), is synthetic rubber copolymer produced by the polymerisation of acrylonitrile (ACN) and butadiene (BD). An important property of nitrile rubber is its resistance to aliphatic hydrocarbon oils and fuels as well as some chemicals. Increasing the content of acrylonitrile in the nitrile rubber improves its resistance to oil but reduces its low temperature flexibility.
Nitrile rubber is also noted for its high resilience and resistance to abrasion, water, alcohols and heat. However, it only has moderate strength and is less resistant to ozone, aromatic hydrocarbons and strong oxidants.
The properties of nitrile rubber make it suitable for use in automotive and industrial applications. For example, it is used in hoses, O rings, gaskets, oil seals, transmission belts as well as footwear, gloves, adhesives and sealants.
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