Synthetic rubber markets have experienced a great deal of changeover the past few years. Overcapacity, natural rubber market dynamics, falling oil prices and relatively weak demand growth have combined to drive the market trends.
Tire producers have benefited from many of these market dynamics as supply has been available at attractive prices. The important question for tire producers is how long will these good times last?
In this paper we examine the trends that will control synthetic rubber dynamics in the coming years so market players can be prepared for the market changes that inevitably will come.