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Acrylonitrile Butadiene Rubber (NBR) price index

This post is a summary of the global acrylonitrile-butadiene rubber (NBR) price developments. The price developments of global acrylonitrile-butadiene rubber are expressed in US$ prices converted FX rates applicable at the time when the price was valid. Acrylonitrile-butadiene rubber price index developments are calculated from multiple separate sources of data to ensure statistical accuracy.

The outlook for global acrylonitrile-butadiene rubber (NBR) prices, on the second tab, is generated from different inputs including:

  • Very recent price developments of immediate cost drivers of global acrylonitrile-butadiene rubber (NBR) prices
  • Recent price developments of underlying feedstocks which drive the price of acrylonitrile-butadiene rubber (NBR)
  • Market futures for both cost drives and feedstocks of global acrylonitrile-butadiene rubber (NBR) resin prices
  • Adjustment of current supply/demand imbalances in the acrylonitrile-butadiene rubber (NBR) market
  • Longer term trends in likely demand conditions

Further information on the Acrylonitrile Butadiene Rubber (NBR) price index

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What is NBR

NBR, also known as nitrile rubber or Buna-N, is a synthetic rubber that is made from acrylonitrile and butadiene. It is known for its excellent resistance to oil, fuel, and other chemicals, as well as its good resistance to abrasion and wear.

 

How is NBR produced

NBR, also known as nitrile rubber or Buna-N, is a synthetic rubber that is made from acrylonitrile and butadiene. The production of NBR involves a number of steps, including:

Monomer production

The first step in the production of NBR is the production of the monomers, which are acrylonitrile and butadiene. These monomers are typically produced through the petrochemical industry.

Polymerization

The monomers are then mixed together and polymerized to form the polymer chain. The polymerization process can be initiated through a number of methods, including heat, light, or the use of catalysts.

Mixing and compounding

The polymer is then mixed with various additives and fillers to improve its properties, such as its strength, flexibility, or resistance to wear and tear. This process is known as compounding.

Calendering

The compounded polymer is then rolled out into sheets or extruded into strips or rods using a machine called a calender.

Molding

The sheets or strips of NBR rubber are then molded into the desired shape using a variety of molding processes, such as injection molding, compression molding, or transfer molding.

It is important to note that the exact process used to manufacture NBR rubber may vary depending on the specific application and desired properties of the final product.

 

What is NBR used for

NBR rubber is used in a wide range of applications, including:

Gaskets and seals

NBR rubber is often used to make gaskets and seals due to its excellent resistance to oil and fuel, making it suitable for use in automotive and aerospace applications.

Hoses

NBR rubber is used to make hoses for various applications, including fuel lines and hydraulic hoses, due to its good resistance to oil and other fluids.

Belts

NBR rubber is used to make belts, such as timing belts and drive belts, due to its good abrasion resistance and tensile strength.

Other

NBR rubber is also used in the production of a variety of other products, including automotive parts, O-rings, and seals for pumps and valves.

It is important to note that NBR rubber is not suitable for use in applications where it will come into contact with ozone, weathering, or high temperatures, as it can become brittle and break down over time. It is also not compatible with some chemicals, such as certain acids and bases.

 

Further reading

 

Market and trade information

The global NBR market, also known as the nitrile rubber market, is a large market for the production and sale of NBR rubber and NBR-based products. NBR, or nitrile rubber, is a synthetic rubber that is made from acrylonitrile and butadiene and is known for its excellent resistance to oil, fuel, and other chemicals, as well as its good resistance to abrasion and wear. It is used in a wide range of applications, including gaskets and seals, hoses, belts, and automotive parts.

According to a report by Mordor Intelligence, the global NBR market is expected to reach a value of $4.4 billion by 2024, growing at a compound annual growth rate of 4.6% from 2019 to 2024. This growth is driven by increasing demand for NBR rubber in various industries, including automotive, construction, and oil and gas. The report also notes that the Asia-Pacific region is expected to dominate the global NBR market, due to the increasing demand for NBR rubber in the region and the availability of low-cost feedstock.

According to https://oec.world/ :

Acrylonitrile-butadiene rubber (NBR), latex are the world’s 1447th most traded product.

In 2020, the top exporters of Acrylonitrile-butadiene rubber (NBR), latex were South Korea ($886M), Chinese Taipei ($384M), Malaysia ($116M), China ($98.6M), and Thailand ($66.3M).

In 2020, the top importers of Acrylonitrile-butadiene rubber (NBR), latex were Malaysia ($1.08B), Thailand ($180M), China ($124M), Vietnam ($77.8M), and Indonesia ($69.7M).

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Notes on the price-data

  • We are continually improving our data collection and processing methods and data will be updated from time to time as we improve the accuracy
  • We are working hard to upgrade the algorithm before April 1, 2023 and a further fine-tune by July 1, 2023
  • This the index trend of the price of the product group in general and not a single specification in particular
  • The data is presented in US$
  • The chart shows the price trend,  nearly always taken from many statistically-correlated sources