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US Isoprene Rubber Prices Surge Despite Domestic Automotive Sales Slump
US Isoprene Rubber Prices Surge Despite Domestic Automotive Sales Slump

US Isoprene Rubber Prices Surge Despite Domestic Automotive Sales Slump

  • 22-Nov-2023 12:39 PM
  • Journalist: Timothy Greene

Texas, US: Surprisingly, the US Isoprene Rubber market has witnessed a steady price rise during the first half of November, despite a downturn in light vehicle sales across the US market during October. This decline was attributed to a six-week strike at major automakers such as Ford, General Motors (GM), and Stellantis. However, an unexpected surge in Isoprene Rubber prices was fuelled by a substantial 5% increase in German car registrations throughout October.

The upswing in German car registrations primarily stemmed from a rebound in sales of battery-electric cars following a dip in September due to the termination of government incentives for business buyers. This surge in sales resulted in a remarkable 4.3% increase in full-electric car sales in Germany for the month. Furthermore, the European used car industry showcased recovery in October, along with an increment in the number of car registrations. Because of the significant backlog of demand in the automotive sector, the demand for Isoprene Rubber soared, causing a slight uptick in its market value by the week ending on November 3rd. This surge was unforeseen, especially considering the decline in US vehicle sales due to the ongoing strikes at major automobile manufacturers.

The US Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) held steady for October. While this provided a more favorable environment for the Isoprene Rubber market, it did not immediately counteract the impact of the sales decline in the domestic market. Furthermore, despite challenges, such as shipping delays in the Panama Canal caused by lower water levels in Gatun Lake, the supply of Isoprene Rubber remained unaffected. These delays affected the transportation of critical materials for various industries, partly attributed to drought conditions linked to the El Niño effect in the central and eastern tropical Pacific Ocean. However, moderate levels of Isoprene Rubber inventories remained available, even amidst these disruptions in the supply chain.

The combination of fluctuations in the automotive market and supply chain disruptions from the Panama Canal delays has created an atmosphere of uncertainty for materials like Isoprene Rubber. Although the surge in German electric car sales positively influenced demand, the repercussions of the strikes in the US market continued to pose challenges.

ChemAnalyst forecasts anticipate a continued rise in Isoprene Rubber prices for the remainder of November. This projection is based on the conclusion of the six-week-long strike by Union Auto Workers against General Motors at the end of October, which is expected to boost automobile production in November and consequently drive up the demand for Isoprene Rubber. However, manufacturers and traders are expected to prioritize clearing their inventories in December, potentially leading to a significant decrease in Isoprene Rubber prices as they aim to reduce stocks, even at the expense of profit margins.

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