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Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS) Market Prices, Forecasts, and Analysis

Market Update

July 2023

The European ABS market experienced a significant price drop in July, signaling a deeper market contraction than expected. Short-term feedstock cost increases might prompt a bounce, but weak demand and economic instability remain challenges. Despite oversupply and hints of market shifts, a strong recovery remains uncertain.

Price Contraction:
ABS prices across grades declined notably in July, with Specialty, White, Extrusion, and Natural grades dropping by €195, €105, €95, and €110 per metric tonne respectively. With the market being long and producers attempting to retain margins while also moving excess material, the price range is wider than normal. This dispersion benefits high-volume buyers.

Potential Upswing:
August could see prices rise due to feedstock cost increases from production shutdowns, yet weak demand may limit recovery. While a post-summer uptick is expected, economic fragility hampers significant improvement. An ABS market resurgence in the next year relies on improved conditions and demand.

Demand and Supply Dynamics:
Demand continues to shrink due to imports and reduced spending in sectors like construction. Some stability is seen in the auto industry. Import prices stabilize as Asia rebound might ease trade pressures. Production cutbacks in styrene monomer drive up prices, potentially leading to an August surge despite soft demand.

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Product Overview: Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS)

To produce ABS, you need styrene, butadiene, and acrylonitrile, with a typical ratio of approximately 20% acrylonitrile, 20% butadiene, and 60% styrene. ABS is typically produced through emulsion or continuous mass polymerization, and the choice between different applications is generally based on the properties of the specific ABS grade.

Applications of ABS

The electronics industry extensively uses ABS to craft parts such as computer keyboards, printer housings, and TV casings, leveraging its dimensional stability and electrical insulating properties. The automotive sector also uses ABS widely to manufacture interior and exterior components like dashboard trims and bumper parts due to its toughness, gloss, and weather resistance.

Additionally, manufacturers use ABS in a range of consumer goods, from kitchen appliances to toys like Lego bricks, and even in sports equipment like protective helmets. These diverse applications across various industries illustrate the versatility of ABS.

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