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 Q3 2019
Some producers scaled back output as margins deteriorated in the third quarter. Some turnarounds at regional units also reduced availability in the market. Traders also kept low inventories as buyers were hesitant to commit to purchases, especially for large parcels.
The escalation in trade tensions between the US and China continued to dampen sentiment in the ABS sector. End-users were unwilling to pick up orders for finished goods destined for US shores, resulting in a slowdown in the demand for ABS.
European acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS) supply has remained ample across the third quarter due to ongoing weak demand. The expectation for upstream styrene, butadiene and acrylonitrile turnarounds to affect raw material supply was not met. Ample material was available from within Europe and competitive imports were arriving from Asia at a stable pace.
European acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS) demand has stayed low across the third quarter, with no signs of improvement, and the particularly weak automotive sector has been one of the main drivers. Some players have seen better demand than other market participants, depending on grade of material and downstream industry, but weak consumption in general was the consensus.
The supply of US acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS) in Q3 was stable-to-long, with all upstream styrene plants and all ABS plants running and no unplanned outages. An outage at the upstream INEOS Nitriles’ Green Lake, Texas acrylonitrile (ACN) plant did not affect domestic ABS supply. The US is a net importer of ABS, so domestic supply has been supplemented by imports, although year-to-date imports are down year on year.
Domestic demand for US ABS in the second quarter of 2019 was soft, in line with reduced demand globally, especially in Asia. ABS is the largest volume engineering thermoplastic resin and is used in automobiles, electronics, appliances and recreational products. Lagging automobile sales weighed on demand, as did negative sentiment associated with the US-China trade war. Demand was above average in the medical and consumer sectors.
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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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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.