Pricing Overview

Polymer & Resin | Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS) Pricing Overview

Market Overview

Quarterly Update on Global Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS) Market
For the Quarter Ending September 2020
ABS market in Asia is strongly driven by the automotive sector, but the market got a strong support from the manufacturers of appliances, toys and air-conditioners despite a major blow to the automobiles sales in third quarter. Chinese ABS producers reported healthy margins and their operating rates never fell below 85% throughout Q3. The demand is likely to stay robust till the year end as September to December is said to be the peak season for the ABS market, however, tighter supply might continue to affect the procurement cycle.
 North America
ABS demand bolstered during Q3FY20 with prices turning firmer starting the second week of August.  Increased buying of household appliances and air-conditioning units during the pandemic as many stayed at home quarantine and adopted the work from home culture, strengthened the market sentiments. After a major fallout from the economic slowdown, the demand from the US automotive sector started pushing up towards the end of the quarter, projecting a V-shaped recovery in the sectoral growth. The US August acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS) prices faced upward pressure in August amid tightening global supply. The engineered plastic is widely used for making toys and hence players are expecting surge in demand ahead of the Christmas holidays.
The European ABS producers announced a fresh round of price increase in Q3 stating that the demand for the material significantly exceeded the regional supply. Demand across the non-automotive sectors such as electronic appliances, furniture, toys etc. showed signs of recovery earlier than automotive, thereby driving the Q3 results for most of the ABS producers. Bouncing back from the economic disruptions due to COVID-19 pandemic, the appliances demand in Europe grew higher in September, driven by end-consumers investing more into home renovations.

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Company-wise installed capacity, production volume and plant operating efficiency is captured directly from manufacturers. Import and Export volume is captured from government sources and demand for Acrylonitrile is calculated considering the production, import, export and inventory-levels on the country and regional level markets.
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Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS) price is correlated with the price trend of crude oil, demand-supply gap, feedstock Acrylonitrile, Butadiene and Styrene with movement across the downstream industries etc.
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Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS) is an opaque engineering thermoplastic formed by the copolymerization of Acrylonitrile, Butadiene, and Styrene typically used for injection molding applications. Usually, it is composed of half the amount of Styrene with the remaining balance divided between Acrylonitrile and Butadiene. ABS possesses low production cost, excellent toughness, temperature stability and solvent resistance properties superior to those of other engineering polymers such as high impact polystyrene. The three monomers involved in the formation of Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene play different roles in the performance of material-while Acrylonitrile provides chemical and thermal stability to the polymer, Butadiene enhances its toughness and strength and Styrene imparts a nice and glossy finish. ABS finds applications across various consumer products such as housing appliances (refrigerator, washing machine etc.), luggage, camera bodies, battery cases, packing crates, radio, various furniture parts, protective headgear and musical instruments etc. ABS/PC i.e. Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene/Polycarbonate blend is a thermoplastic alloy widely used in commercial and industrial applications such as automotive, electronics, telecommunication, etc. where hard yet lightweight and easily processed materials are required.