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 Q4 2019
Supply was slightly constrained with plants in South Korea and southeast Asia undergoing turnarounds. Otherwise, output at regional plants was mostly at normal levels, although some suppliers were said to have scaled back output in view of tepid demand. Deep-sea lots remained limited in the fourth quarter as availability in the region remained adequate.
Demand tapered off in the fourth quarter, with the third-quarter season for manufacturing for exports largely over by October. The ongoing trade war further dampened buying interest with tariffs imposed on appliances made in China. Most producers of finished goods for exports completed their production in November with resin demand staying flat.
European acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS) supply was ample in Q4, due to low demand in the main downstream automotive sector leaving more material available, regardless of output rates typically reduced ahead of the Christmas holiday period. Upstream production issues did not impact downstream ABS supply. Imports remained competitive from Asia, but lowered in the weeks ahead of the Christmas holiday period due to logistics issues.
European ABS demand remained weak across Q4 2019, particularly in the main downstream automotive sector, but also stable to lower across electronic appliances and consumer products. Additionally, general buying interest dropped further ahead of the quiet Christmas holiday period due to players maintaining low inventory levels and destocking towards the end of the year.
Supply of US acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS) was stable-to-long in the fourth quarter, unchanged from the previous quarter, as most upstream styrene plants were running and there were no unplanned outages. Shell took its styrene plant in Scotford, Alberta, Canada down for planned maintenance in late September but the outage did not affect supply as the company has supply agreements with other producers to fulfil its commitments. There was little to no effect on the market from an upstream butadiene (BD) explosion in Texas.
Domestic demand for ABS was stable-to-soft in the fourth quarter, unchanged from the previous quarter, as lagging auto sales and the ongoing US-China trade war continued to weigh on the market. ABS is the largest volume engineering thermoplastic resin and is used in automobiles, electronics, appliances and recreational products. Demand weakness was also seen across the electronics sector, specifically for smart phones and personal computers, and from a global manufacturing slowdown.
We offer the following regional Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene analysis and news coverage to keep you informed of factors and developments affecting prices in the Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene marketplace.
News & analysis
Regional price assessments, published daily or weekly, enabling you to keep track of trading prices, understand price drivers/fluctuations and set a benchmark for contract price settl ements. ICIS offers reports on over 180 commodities across the global petrochemical, energy and fertilizer markets. Information covered in our price reports includes:
Information is accessed online, via the ICIS dashboard service and is configurable to suit your preferences.
Produced by the ICIS Consulting team, these reports give a robust rolling 12-month price forecast, trade balances and in-depth analysis into where markets are heading – providing a valuable tool to support your short- to medium-term plans.
ICIS pricing intelligence is delivered to you online via the ICIS dashboard. Here you can view your reports and also access other useful services including related news, analysis, historical data and market alerts.
ICIS dashboard also makes it easy for you to create pricing charts, download price history and export data to create tailored analytical models.
ICIS weekly margin reports deliver the detail you need to understand how production costs and prices are affecting margins, enabling you to judge the likely impact on your business and optimise your upstream and downstream business decisions.
The Supply and Demand Window on the ICIS Dashboard provides a snapshot view of historical and forecast information for supply and demand, production capacity and trade flows – a key tool to help safeguard future investments within the chemicals market.
24-hour global coverage of breaking news in the petrochemical industry, including updates on production, shutdowns and key transacted deals, keeping you informed of market developments as they happen. The ICIS news service allows you to customise the market alerts delivered to your email inbox, providing the business-critical information you need straightaway.
If you want to keep updated on the factors driving price movements in the global chemical markets, ICIS Chemical Business provides a summary of the information you need to support your business decisions. Every week, our global team of experts digests and summarises the key issues and their potential impact on the market – all in one magazine.
An expert view of supply and demand comprising four fully-reconciled databases, giving you access to extensive data for more than 100 markets. Information is included on global and regional trade flows, production, capacity and sources of demand in the short-, medium- and long-term. Data can be downloaded, customised and queried to support your planning requirements and your strategic decisions.
ICIS provides specialist training courses across the global petrochemicals, base oils and fertilizers industries. Our training team of industry experts can help you increase your knowledge of the industry and gain the insight and know-how needed to operate and trade effectively.
ICIS produces a series of highly informative and timely conferences. Extensive research is carried out to ensure that each programme delivers the information you need and addresses current industry issues. We source speakers who have the appropriate expertise and experience to deliver excellent quality papers.
Working closely with you to understand your strategies, challenges and ambitions, the ICIS consulting team deliver tailored advice and solutions to suit your unique requirements. With many years’ experience of guiding business leadership teams, we show you how market conditions can make a positive or negative impact on your long-term plans.
ICIS expert consultants can provide your organisation with the insight, intelligence and data needed to build and grow your business in China. We can help you to gain a clear view on the short and long-term supply and demand picture in the chemicals, energy, iron and steel, non-ferrous metals and paper and pulp markets in China.
ICIS price assessments are based on information gathered from a wide cross-section of the market, comprising consumers, producers, traders and distributors from more than 250 reporters world-wide. Confirmed deals, verified by both buyer and seller, provide the foundation of our price assessments.
Our in-depth market knowledge drives our specialist focus, as we recognise the importance of individual market dynamics and not a one-size-fits-all approach.
Over 25 years of reporting on key chemicals markets, including Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene, has brought global recognition of our methodology as being unbiased, authoritative and rigorous in preserving our editorial integrity. Our global network of reporters in Houston, London, Singapore, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Mumbai, Perth and Moscow ensures unrivalled coverage of established and emerging markets.
ICIS publishes market prices based on information continuously gathered from market participants about: spot transactions, spot bid and offer levels, contract price negotiations, prices of related commodities, and relevant freight costs.
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.
HOUSTON (ICIS)--US nylon 6 producer AdvanSix will continue to face unfavourable industry conditions in nylon amid industry oversupply and weak demand in the near-term. Meanwhile, the company has a...Read
LONDON (ICIS)--Group I base oils are not about to disappear from the market, a panel of industry experts said in a debate on Friday. Despite recent capacity rationalisation, the future for Group I...Read
BARCELONA (ICIS)--Coronavirus continues to wreak havoc on China's chemicals industry, though there are early signs of recovery in demand for the polyolefins sector. Although the country’s central...Read
LONDON (ICIS)--European base oils editors Vicky Ellis and Samantha Wright, US editor Amanda Hay and senior consultant Mike Connolly discuss the key issues raised at the 24th ICIS World Base Oils and...Read
With insights into the economic situation, trade war, future investments and much more, the 7th ICIS US Butadiene and Derivatives Conference will be bringing you the necessary data and analysis to ensure you have all the important information to make those essential business decisions
Join us the 11 December 2019 // New York, USA and make sure you do not miss out on this essential event for the butadiene value chain.