Styrene Butadiene Rubber (SBR) Prices Overview

Market Overview

Styrene Butadiene Rubber (SBR)
For the Quarter Ending December 2020
Asia-Pacific (APAC)
During the H1 of Q4, majority of plants were heard operating at low production rates due to the precautionary measures for COVID, amidst some production issues and maintenance turnarounds which were heard in September and October, thereby effecting product supply in the ASEAN region, China and India. The reopening of regional economies provided momentum in the market activities and trades. The demand outlook remained stable during the quarter, triggering a spike in the price of SBR in the Indian market which maintained an average price of USD 1302 per tonne as the government efforts helped in pacing-up the business and trading activities. Demand from the downstream tire industry inclined as the automotive sector strengthened ahead of the festive season. Crunch in the availability of feedstock Butadiene kept the spot offers uplifted throughout the quarter.
North America
The rebound of the major sectors such as the automotive and construction resulted in better demand of SBR although overall sentiments were mixed as the economic slowdown and work from home culture continued to limit the car purchases. Supply of Butadiene was heard turning more convenient followed by the producer’s intentions to ramp-up the production rates to catch-up with the demand surge post the hurricane season. The recovery in demand for downstream products fetched most of the SBR producers bulk contracts while increased tariffs on the imported tires kept the regional demand strong. Several producers were heard securing feedstock in large amounts to build inventories amid anticipations of steady demand recovery in 2021.   

SBR prices reported fresh hikes during the quarter as feedstock Styrene prices spiked by approximately 15% between Oct-Nov due limited supply from the America’s due to Hurricane related disruptions and pent-up demand from the Asian region. Availability in Russia was reported to be constrained which resulted in higher SBR cost in December. Pre-stocking activity supported the demands fundamentals as consumers secured supplies in October. The second lockdown imposed in late December impacted the downstream tire sector thereby decelerating the purchasing activity towards the end of the year.         

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Finally, region-specific markets for Styrene Butadiene Rubber (SBR) are analyzed and region-wise demand pattern is tracked.


Styrene-Butadiene Rubber (SBR) is a synthetic rubber commonly known as the Buna-S. The rubber was first developed during 1930s in Germany. Widely used as a substitute of natural rubber, SBR has desirable properties such as improved strength, abrasion resistance, and blend compatibility, which can be further enhanced using some additives. SBR comprises of nearly 10-25% styrene and 60-70 % butadiene. The copolymerization reaction involves Butadiene and Styrene in 3:1 proportion by weight, respectively. SBR can be produced via free-radical solution polymerization (known as S-SBR) or by emulsion polymerization (known as E-SBR) by either warming at 30 to 60°C (hot rubber) or by subjecting to cold at around 0°C. Solution SBR is known to be a better choice for high-performance tires over Emulsion SBR. The key applications of SBR are in tire, tire products, automotive parts, conveyor belt, gasket, and other mechanical rubber.