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 2020
Chinese plants cut operating rates sharply in February as the coronavirus outbreak dampened consumption. A number of regional plants also reduced output in March as the spread of the coronavirus to Asia and the world curbed trade and demand.
Weak demand for finished goods in Asia as well as Europe and the US weighed down the demand for ABS. End-users and traders kept lean inventories as orders for finished goods fell after factories were shut as a result of lockdowns in countries across the region.
Supply of US acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS) was stable in the first quarter, as any limits to upstream styrene supply because of turnarounds were likely offset by softer demand in latter half of the quarter, some of that related to the outbreak of the coronavirus. US styrene producer AmSty took its 953,000 tonne/year plant in Saint James, Louisiana down in February for planned maintenance and restarted the plant in March.
Domestic demand was stable-to-soft in the first quarter, unchanged from the previous quarter, as buying bumped slightly in January as many market participants restocked inventories after depleting them at the end of 2019 for tax purposes. About 14% of global ABS demand comes from auto production. Most North American auto production was halted in March because of the pandemic, which weighed on demand toward the end of the quarter.
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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.