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BR (Butadiene Rubber) Price Trend

After styrene-butadiene rubber (SBR), butadiene rubber (BR) is the second most significant form of synthetic rubber. Butadiene is polymerized to produce BR. Products made of BR have excellent abrasion resistance, high resilience, outstanding insulating qualities, and stay flexible at low temperatures.

In Q4 of 2021, the average butadiene rubber price in China was recorded at 2350 USD/MT in October, 2480 USD/MT in November, and 2530 USD/MT in December. Several market participants in North America said that demand from the tyre and footwear industries remained strong during the fourth quarter, ending 2021 on a high note in terms of output and revenue. Polybutadiene rubber (PBR) use had surged in Q4 of 2021. Meanwhile, supply fundamentals had improved following a difficult third quarter in which truck availability was described as severely limited throughout the North American region. After a tumultuous third quarter, feedstock butadiene prices eased in the fourth quarter. The above demand pattern had been vindicated by polybutadiene rubber prices, which had continued to rise throughout Q4.

The price of PBR was assessed at 2550 USD/MT in early October, and concluded the quarter at 2760 USD/MT in December. PBR prices in Asia dropped from 2326 USD/MT in October to 2210 USD/MT FOB in December. Increased consumption benefited the PBR market in Europe, and the Ex-work price jumped from 2630 USD/MT in October to 2890 USD/MT in December. The butadiene market continued to rise, putting pressure on manufacturers to keep PBR prices stable during Q4. 

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Procurement Resource provides prices of BR (Butadiene Rubber) for several regions around the globe, which are as follows:

  • North America
  • South America
  • Europe
  • Asia Pacific
  • Middle East
  • Africa

About BR (Butadiene Rubber)

BR (Butadiene Rubber) is one of the cheapest synthetic rubbers or general purpose elastomers obtained from the monomer 1,3-butadiene via its anionic polymerization or coordination polymerization in a non-polar solvent. It is sometimes used as a replacement to natural rubber (NR). It is available in three types, viz. high-cis, medium-cis, and low-cis, with medium-cis rubber being the most popular grade. BR is most widely used in the manufacture of tires owing to its high resistance to wear and abrasion. 

Synonyms:

  • Butadiene rubber 
  • Polybutadiene rubber (PBD) 
  • poly (buta-1,3-diene)

Industrial Uses

  • Tires 
  • Plastics
  • Golf balls
  • Hoses
  • Railway pads and bridge blocks
  • Blended with nitrile rubber
  • Super or crazy balls (toys)

Production Processes

  • Production of BR (Butadiene Rubber) from 1,3-Butadiene via Ziegler-Natta Polymerisation

In this process, butadiene gas is dissolved in hydrocarbon solvent, which is then polymerised in the presence of Ziegler-Natta catalyst to finally give BR (Butadiene Rubber).

Supplier Database

  • The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company 
  • Cray Valley USA, LLC 
  • Trinseo S.A.
  • Lanxess AG
  • Rahaoil, Inc. 
  • Voronezhsintezkauchuk JSC

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