Weekly Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS) reports are published in Asia, China, Europe and the US.
Asia and China cover spot prices for one grade in different regions, while US and Europe report domestic prices for different grades. All contain independent market news and analysis gathered by our locally based reporters. Content includes overviews, production news, upstream information and import movements, when applicable. These reports are an essential tool to help you make confident commercial decisions.
Updated to Q1 2019
Supply in the region could see an increase if a new facility in China starts up in the first quarter. However, given the weak demand, some participants expect the start-up to be delayed. Otherwise, supply in the region is expected to stay unchanged with few maintenance shutdowns planned for in the first quarter.
Demand for ABS is expected to remain weak in the first quarter. Many buyers have delayed commitments to after the Lunar New Year holidays in early February. Some sellers anticipate that buying momentum will continue to stay weak post-holidays amid the US-China trade. Manufacturing activities are typically in a low ebb in the first quarter before moving up a notch in the second quarter.
Competitive imports are expected to remain a feature of the market in the first quarter, as demand in China remains weak. Supply from domestic producers is expected to be consistent at the start of the year, but because feedstocks will be impacted by cracker outages, higher raw material costs could slow production later in the quarter.
The long-term outlook suggests that the acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS) market will continue to grow. In the short-term, however, demand is likely to be impacted by a range of factors. Demand from the automotive industry could stay muted, and the consumer electronics sector may be weaker. Feedstocks are likely to continue driving prices, and competitive rates could encourage appetite.
US ABS production has been stable, and no turnarounds are expected to take place during the first quarter. Domestic supply will continue to be supplemented by imports, as the US is a net importer of ABS. Historically, US ABS prices spike in January, and trend higher for at least the first quarter. That is not likely to be the case this month, with falling feedstock prices and the presence of lower priced imports in the market.
Demand will pick up in the first quarter. Rising demand will increase the need for imported material, which is being offered at very aggressive prices. Global demand for ABS resins is expected to be healthy in the first quarter in the major market segments.
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Acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS) is the largest-volume engineering resin. Its biggest use is in the automotive industry, followed by the electronics sector. Other applications include domestic appliances, pipes, fittings and other construction products, and recreational items such as boats and mobile homes.
ABS is also blended with other polymers such as polycarbonate or polyvinyl chloride (PVC) for injection moulding applications.
An amorphous thermoplastic blend, ABS is available in a range of compositions and properties, depending on the ratio of monomer feedstocks (15-35% acrylonitrile, 5-30% butadiene and 40-60% styrene), to give a large number of grades and applications.
Due to its flexibility of composition and structure, ABS can exhibit a wide range of properties, allowing its use in diverse applications. ABS resins are composed of over 50% styrene and varying amounts of butadiene and acrylonitrile (ACN). Styrene provides rigidity and ease of processing, ACN offers chemical resistance and heat stability, and butadiene gives toughness and impact strength.
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