SR price pressures ‘set to ease’ after Q2

Hanover, Germany –  Current upward pressures on synthetic rubber (SR) prices should ease off after the second quarter of the year as feedstock availability returns to normal, believes Daniela Quintero, commercial intelligence manager at Grupo Dynasol.

According to Quintero, SR prices are being driven largely by developments in the butadiene market, where availability has been a key issue over recent months. This, she said, is particularly the case in Asia and Europe, due to shutdowns of large crackers for maintenance.

Another factor has been an unexpected pick-up in Chinese demand over the last few months…

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