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Taiwanese ABS prices hit new threshold in Turkey

by ChemOrbis Editorial Team -
  • 16/01/2017 (14:45)
Import ABS prices continued to post increases given the pressure from rising costs in Turkey. A trader reported receiving additional hikes of $40/ton from a Taiwanese ABS producer.

The producer’s most recent offers hit $1900/ton for ABS natural, CIF Turkey, subject to 6.5% customs duty, cash, while they stood at $2050/ton for ABS white grade with the same terms.

“We attributed the producer’s decision to the soaring styrene and butadiene costs in Asia. On the other hand, we hesitate to replenish any stocks at current levels as we are not confident about the demand outlook in Turkey which was depressed by the weak lira over the past week,” the trader stated.

In Asia, spot styrene prices were up by around $35/ton on FOB Korea basis on the week, while butadiene costs spiked $300/ton further with the same terms. Moreover, spot ACN prices soared by $60/ton on CFR Far East Asia basis in the same period.
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