synthetic rubber

Escalating Butadiene Prices to Place Significant Pressure on Synthetic Rubber Manufacturers

The price of butadiene is increasing dramatically. After trending for some time at an Asian spot price near $1,000 per ton, the synthetic rubber raw material started on a rapidly ascending curve in autumn last year. It has resulted in a tripling in value, jumping to approximately $3,000 per ton. The sharp gain in butadiene will have a strong impact...

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JRMA Forecast: Japanese Rubber Consumption to Bounce Back After Six Years

Rubber consumption will see its first annual increase in six years, according to a forecast by the Japan Rubber Manufacturers Association (JRMA). Combined total consumption of natural and synthetic rubber in 2017 is expected to reach 1.2932 million tons, up 0.6 percent year on year. However, total rubber consumption in 2016 is expected to fall for the fifth straight year,...

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Synthetic Rubber Production Regresses Into Negative Territory for September 2016

Total production volume of synthetic rubber fell 9.6 percent year-on-year for the month of September 2016, dropping to 128,830 tons, according to the Synthetic Rubber Industry Association of Japan. It represents a regression back from what was a positive year-on-year total the month prior. Outside of styrene-butadiene rubber (SBR), which saw a 1.9-percent increase, year-on-year declines were witnessed across all...

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Production Volume of Synthetic Rubber for March Down 11%

The production volume of synthetic rubber for March was 102,196 tons, a year-on-year decrease of 11.7 percent, according to data compiled by the Synthetic Rubber Industry Association of Japan. This fall-off was consistent across all product types, as SBR production volume was at 23,800 tons, a 25.3 percent decrease; and BR was at 21,791 tons, an 11.2 percent decrease. There...

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Zeon Reports FY 2015 Results, Synthetic Rubber Sales Volume Up 2%

Zeon Corp. (TYO:4205) has announced its consolidated net sales declined by 4 percent year-on-year to 295.6 billion yen ($2.8 billion), and its net income decreased by 5 percent to 18 billion yen for the fiscal year ending March 2016. Price drops in export thermoplastic elastomers and rubbers, led by general-purpose rubbers, negatively affected the earnings for the period. Meanwhile, consolidated...

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Shipping Volume for Synthetic Rubber Falls to 1.63 Million Tons in 2015

Shipping volume for Japan’s synthetic rubber in 2015 (January–December) dropped by about 5 percent year-on-year to slightly over 1.632 million tons, according to the Japan Rubber Manufacturers Association (JRMA). Domestic shipping volume excluding chloroprene rubber (CR) and butyl rubber (IIR), whose figures weren’t released, fell about 5 percent from the previous year to around 890,000 tons. Export volume also declined...

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