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Butadiene Rubber (BR) price index

This post is a summary of the Butadiene Rubber (BR) price developments. The price developments of Butadiene Rubber (BR) are expressed in US$ prices converted FX rates applicable at the time when the price was valid. Butadiene Rubber (BR) price index developments are calculated from multiple separate sources of data to ensure statistical accuracy.

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What is Butadiene rubber

Butadiene rubber, also known as styrene-butadiene rubber (SBR), is a synthetic rubber that is produced by copolymerizing butadiene with styrene. It is a versatile rubber that is used in a variety of applications, including the production of tires, hoses, belts, and other rubber products.

Butadiene rubber is known for its good abrasion resistance, low heat build-up, and good wet grip, making it well-suited for use in the automotive industry. It is also used in the production of non-tire rubber products, such as seals, gaskets, and other components for the construction, aviation, and oil and gas industries.

Butadiene rubber is produced by reacting butadiene monomers with styrene monomers in the presence of a catalyst. The resulting polymer is then processed and vulcanized to give it the desired properties. Butadiene rubber can be formulated to meet specific performance requirements, making it suitable for a wide range of applications.

 

How is Butadiene rubber produced

Butadiene rubber, also known as styrene-butadiene rubber (SBR), is produced by copolymerizing butadiene with styrene. The process involves reacting butadiene monomers with styrene monomers in the presence of a catalyst to form a polymer. The polymer is then processed and vulcanized to give it the desired properties.

The production of butadiene rubber typically involves the following steps:

Preparation of the feedstocks

Butadiene and styrene are obtained from petroleum or natural gas and are purified for use in the polymerization process.

Polymerization

The butadiene and styrene monomers are polymerized in the presence of a catalyst, such as a Ziegler-Natta catalyst, to form a polymer. The polymerization process can be carried out using a variety of techniques, including solution polymerization, emulsion polymerization, and bulk polymerization.

Processing

The polymer is then processed to remove impurities and give it the desired physical properties. This may involve grinding, mixing, and other processing steps.

Vulcanization

The polymer is then vulcanized, which involves the addition of a vulcanizing agent (such as sulfur) and the application of heat and pressure. Vulcanization gives the rubber its desired properties, such as elasticity and strength.

Finishing

The vulcanized rubber is then finished to give it the desired shape and size. This may involve cutting, shaping, and other finishing steps. The finished rubber is then ready for use in the production of rubber products.

 

What is Butadiene rubber used for

Butadiene rubber, also known as styrene-butadiene rubber (SBR), is a synthetic rubber that is used in a variety of applications, including:

Tires

Butadiene rubber is used in the production of tires for automobiles, trucks, buses, and other vehicles. It is known for its good abrasion resistance, low heat build-up, and good wet grip, making it well-suited for use in the automotive industry.

Hoses

Butadiene rubber is used in the production of hoses for a variety of applications, including air hoses, water hoses, and fuel hoses.

Belts

Butadiene rubber is used in the production of belts for a variety of applications, including conveyor belts, drive belts, and timing belts.

Seals and gaskets

Butadiene rubber is used in the production of seals and gaskets for a variety of applications, including automotive seals, gaskets for piping and other equipment, and seals for the construction and aviation industries.

Other rubber products

Butadiene rubber is also used in the production of a variety of other rubber products, including rubber mats, rubber sheets, and rubber flooring.

Butadiene rubber is also used as a chemical intermediate in the production of other chemicals, such as resins, fibers, and plastics.

 

What different types of Butadiene rubber are there

There are several types of butadiene rubber, also known as styrene-butadiene rubber (SBR), that are used in industry and research:

Solution SBR

This is a type of butadiene rubber that is produced by solution polymerization, a process in which the monomers are dissolved in a solvent and polymerized in solution. Solution SBR has good physical properties and is used in the production of a variety of rubber products, including tires, hoses, and belts.

Emulsion SBR

This is a type of butadiene rubber that is produced by emulsion polymerization, a process in which the monomers are dispersed in water and polymerized in the presence of an emulsifying agent. Emulsion SBR has good processability and is used in the production of rubber products that require good moldability, such as seals and gaskets.

Dispersive SBR

This is a type of butadiene rubber that is produced by bulk polymerization, a process in which the monomers are polymerized in the absence of a solvent. Dispersive SBR has good mechanical properties and is used in the production of rubber products that require good strength and abrasion resistance, such as tires and belts.

High-cis SBR

This is a type of butadiene rubber that has a high proportion of cis-1,4 bonds in its polymer structure. High-cis SBR has good elasticity and is used in the production of rubber products that require good elasticity, such as tires and hoses.

High-trans SBR

This is a type of butadiene rubber that has a high proportion of trans-1,4 bonds in its polymer structure. High-trans SBR has good tensile strength and is used in the production of rubber products that require good tensile strength, such as belts and seals.

 

How big is the Butadiene rubber market

The global butadiene rubber market, also known as the styrene-butadiene rubber (SBR) market, is valued at billions of dollars and is expected to continue to grow in the coming years due to the increasing demand for rubber products, particularly in the automotive and construction industries. The Asia-Pacific region is the largest market for butadiene rubber, followed by Europe and North America.

The demand for butadiene rubber is driven by a number of factors, including the growing demand for tires, hoses, and other rubber products in the automotive and construction industries, and the increasing use of butadiene rubber in the production of non-tire rubber products, such as seals, gaskets, and other components for the aviation and oil and gas industries.

According to https://oec.world/ :

Butadiene rubber (BR) are the world’s 1121st most traded product.

In 2020, the top exporters of Butadiene rubber (BR) were South Korea ($427M), Russia ($266M), United States ($241M), Japan ($214M), and Germany ($136M).

In 2020, the top importers of Butadiene rubber (BR) were China ($320M), Thailand ($184M), Vietnam ($147M), India ($140M), and Indonesia ($123M).

 

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