Asian ABS markets maintain downtrend as trade tensions weigh on demand
Weekly average data from ChemOrbis Price Index suggest that, China’s local and import ABS markets have hit around a more-than-one-year low recently while Southeast Asia’s import ABS market has currently reached its lowest levels since early July.
A Chinese producer applied weekly decreases of CNY100-200/ton ($15-29/ton) on its local ABS offers last week. “Demand is slow as buyers are very hesitant about making fresh purchases,” a source from the company noted. A Chinese trader also reported that a Taiwanese producer lowered its ABS offers to the country by $10/ton from a week earlier.
A source from a different Taiwanese producer offering ABS to China and Southeast Asia commented, “Considering the current market conditions, bids that are $10/ton lower from our offer levels are acceptable for us. We expect demand to remain slow in the days ahead considering the escalating trade war.”
An Indonesian trader reported that their South Korean supplier cut their offers by $30/ton from the previous week. “Buyers mostly remain on a wait and see position given the uncertainty related to the trade war. We expect the ABS market to weaken further in the days ahead,” he noted.
Meanwhile, spot styrene prices in Asia witnessed a slight recovery towards the end of last week mainly with support from firmer crude oil futures. This factor may lend support to the sentiment across regional ABS markets, some players argued.
More free plastics newsPlastic resin (PP, LDPE, LLDPE ,HDPE, PVC, GPS; HIPS, PET, ABS) prices, polymer market trends, and more...
- Vietnam PE market sees further supply-driven hikes, particularly for LLDPE
- Global oil prices trade under pressure of Delta variant
- China’s import PVC market rebounds from 5-month low
- Firming in China PE market stronger than PP since mid-June
- Asian ethylene, propylene falter on bearish crude and oversupply
- Oil plunge weighs on PET bottle sentiment in Asia, Europe
- ABS reverses losses after 8 weeks in Asia; will upturn be sustainable?
- Import delays support European PP suppliers in July
- Asian PET markets in limbo between high costs and tepid demand
- India PVC sentiment improves further despite lower Aug offers from Taiwan