Global Butyl Rubber Market Surges Amidst Demand Growth
Global Butyl Rubber Market Surges Amidst Demand Growth

Global Butyl Rubber Market Surges Amidst Demand Growth

  • 04-Apr-2024 3:32 PM
  • Journalist: Rene Swann

Texas, USA: In the global market, the prices of Butyl Rubber MV 32-51 followed an upward trend in March 2024 due to the increase in the purchasing activities from the downstream sectors such as Automotive and Tires. Furthermore, in terms of the upstream market, the prices of Crude Oil also witnessed an inclining pattern this month which resulted in the increased energy cost of the Butyl Rubber MV 32-51 and contributed to the overall incline in the production cost.

In the US market, the Butyl Rubber MV 32-51 experienced an incline of 10.23% and settled at USD 2370/MT (FOB-Texas) in March 2024. The U.S. vehicle sales experienced a 1.3% decline compared to the previous month, reaching an annualized rate of 15.5 million units. This figure fell short of the consensus forecast, which had anticipated an increase to 15.9 million units. However, unadjusted sales volumes totaled 1.44 million units, marking a 4.6% increase compared to the same period last year. The average daily selling rate (DSR) for March was 53,260 units, calculated over 27 days. This represented a rise from March 2023's daily rate of 50,926 units. While passenger vehicle sales saw a modest 1.3% year-on-year growth, sales of light trucks experienced a more significant increase of 5.4% compared to the previous year. Notably, light trucks accounted for 80% of total sales for the month, a slight uptick from their share in March 2023. Despite this, the prices of Butyl Rubber MV 32-51 rose due to the heightened demand from the downstream Automotive and Tire sectors. Therefore, the production rate was increased to meet the rising demand for Butyl Rubber MV 32-51.

Additionally, the Purchasing Manufacturing Index (PMI) of the US witnessed a slight decline in March 2024 in comparison with February 2024. Many companies showed a preference for reducing their inventories, as they felt their current stock levels were adequate and sought to enhance cash flow. Consequently, purchasing activity decreased, and both input and finished goods stocks were scaled back, reversing the increases observed in February. This strategic inventory management reflects efforts by firms to optimize their resources in response to changing market dynamics and economic conditions.

In the Russian market, the price trend of Butyl Rubber MV 32-51 saw an increase due to ongoing farmers' protests in European countries, including Russia. The protests disrupted the supply chain of Butyl Rubber MV 32-51, leading to unmet demand from the automotive and tire sectors. This shortage in supply of Butyl Rubber MV 32-51 contributed to a rise in its prices. Regarding the ongoing protests, Russia, a major grain producer, had strong trade ties with the EU before it invaded Ukraine in February 2022. Ukraine, another key player in the global grain market, accused Russia of illegally taking thousands of tons of grain from occupied territories and exporting it worldwide. In support of Ukraine, the EU imposed multiple rounds of sanctions on Russia, targeting sectors such as energy, banking, and even a major diamond mining company. Additionally, Russian officials faced asset freezes and travel bans from the EU. Furthermore, in the upstream market, the upward trend in crude oil prices led to increased production costs for Butyl Rubber MV 32-51 due to higher energy costs.

Similarly, Butyl Rubber MV 32-51 also followed an upward trend in the Singapore market due to the surge in the demand from the downstream Automotive and Tire sectors. The rising demand for Butyl Rubber MV 32-51 was not fulfilled by the inventories due to which the trading activities among the significant manufacturing units were enhanced to meet the demand. Additionally, the production rate for Butyl Rubber MV 32-51 was increased by the producers in the hope of maintaining the supply and demand equilibrium of the product. According to the Singapore Institute of Purchasing & Materials Management (SIPMM), the Singapore Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) exhibited a modest increase in March 2024. This signifies the sector's growth for the seventh straight month. The growth was supported by accelerated expansion across various indices, including new orders, output, input purchases, finished goods, and order backlog. Moreover, the rising prices of crude oil in the upstream market resulted in elevated production expenses for Butyl Rubber MV 32-51, attributed to heightened energy costs.

As per ChemAnalyst, it is anticipated that the demand for Butyl Rubber MV 32-51 will increase which may result in an incline in the price trend of the product in the upcoming quarters. However, the persistently high financing costs are projected to pose a challenge throughout 2024 which may lead to the increase in the prices of Butyl Rubber MV 32-51. In the US market, as the Federal Reserve initiates a reduction in borrowing costs in the latter half of the year, this obstacle is anticipated to diminish, thereby bolstering sales growth of the downstream Automotive and Tire sectors along with the demand for Butyl Rubber MV 32-51 as we move into 2025.

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