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Healthy North America ABS market attracts import competition

6:36 AM MST | November 11, 2013 | —Clay Boswell

Steady recoveries in automotive and construction have buoyed demand for acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) in North America, say analysts at IHS Chemical. For the region’s producers, that recovery means running at respectable operating rates as well as fending off competition from imports originating in Asia and Europe, where counterparts are struggling. “The North America ABS market in October continues to see overall steady demand with softening in some sectors, abundant supply of resins, declining feedstock cost, and a downward pricing...

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