HOUSTON (Jan. 20)—Producers of butadiene-based synthetic rubber can depend on a relatively stable supply base the next several years, according to Chemical Market Associates Inc.'s 2003 World Butadiene Analysis. The study, CMA's 22nd annual survey, predicts global demand for refined butadiene will grow about 3.5 percent annually through 2007, with styrene butadiene latex and acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene representing the fastest growing end uses. The study predicts there will be 1.3 million metric tons of new butadiene extraction capacity built worldwide in the coming few years, keeping capacity utilization at about 85-86 percent through 2004 before rising slightly to 87-89 percent in 2005-2007. Global demand rose 4.1 percent last year to 8.3 million tons; about 80 percent of butadiene demand is for elastomer consumers.
Butadiene supply base to remain stable, study predicts
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