World Analysis – ABS Resin

  • Market Overview
  • Key Benefits
  • Service Features
  • Annual Table of Contents

Market Overview

Duration: Long-term outlook to 2050

Acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS) resins are well-established, high-volume, amorphous engineering thermoplastics that offer an excellent balance of heat, chemical, and impact resistance with superior processing versatility. ABS resins are commonly produced in general-purpose, high-heat, flame retardant, plateable, and extrusion grades. ABS is also used to make alloys or blends with other polymers, such as PC/ABS and PA6/ABS. ABS surface appearance can range from high gloss to matte finish, depending on the polymerization process. ABS is also dimensionally stable across a wide range of ambient temperatures and humidity levels. Flame-retardant additives can be added to suppress the ignition or flammability of the polymer. On balance, these characteristics make ABS an excellent choice for business/office equipment, appliances, electrical outdoor power equipment, toys, and many interior and exterior automotive components, plus countless other versatile uses across many industries and end-use applications.

ABS has become a mature product like other styrene derivatives, such as polystyrene (PS) and expandable PS (EPS). However, ABS continues to enjoy demand growth, especially in the appliance, automotive, and electronics industries. This versatile polymer competes primarily with polypropylene (PP) in the transportation sector and high-impact polystyrene (HIPS) in in the appliance sector. Appliance manufacturers already converted many applications from ABS to PS to reduce the costs of the final product. ABS continues to be selected for highly visible appliance components where the gloss/luster of ABS yields an appearance preferred by consumers. Automobile manufacturers have converted many interior trim components from ABS to PP primarily for aesthetics as vehicle-interior trim styling migrated from high-gloss to low-gloss finishes, but the moderately lower cost of PP was also an important consideration. By now, low gloss interior automotive components are primarily made of mass-ABS that is more easily pigmented with color concentrates and produced in master batches. The production technology employed at the ABS polymerization plant, whether it be emulsion or mass polymerization, significantly influences the cost of producing ABS.

Key Benefits

Duration: Long-term outlook to 2050

The World Analysis – ABS Resins provides a comprehensive analysis and key insights into critical market developments as they shape the future outlook for the global ABS Resins market.

The following reports, data files, analytical tools and visualization modules are available online and can be downloaded from our website:

  • Direct Access to the Subject Matter Experts
  • In-depth exploration of present market strategic insights, recognition of critical challenges, and presentation of our experts’ forecasts and analysis
  • Explanatory Notes detailing data sources, methodologies, unit and conversion factors, and World Analysis deliverables.
  • Energy and Economy assumptions
  • Price, cost, and margin base assumptions forecast and sensitivities analysis, including price assessment methodology and price definitions across all regions.
  • Excel data files with standard supply/demand graphics and price forecasts extended to 2050, trade grids with country and regional trade flows Data appendix (Excel) with supply/demand, capacity and trade tables.
  • An online dashboard visualization of capacity, supply/demand, trade grids, and price, cost and margin forecasts
  • Supply/demand and capacity database access via data browser
  • Data Appendix (Excel) with supply/demand and capacity tables
  • Capacity by company/shareholder, capacity integration, top producer/consumer and surplus/deficit capacity ranking, and ownership/subsidiary information

This World Analysis contains detailed information on capacities, production, demand, and trade for all significant producing and consuming countries and regions. Although data gathering is essential for understanding history and potential future trends, we believe that the interpretation and analysis of the data is the most valuable information to our clients.

Service Features

Duration: Long-term outlook to 2050


Frequency: Bi-annual
Format: Excel
Timeframe: 10-year forecasts available from periods 1990 – 2050
Area Coverage: By country/region; include “hypothetical” capacity changes in the forecast period
Chemical Coverage: Acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS) resins


Frequency: Updated daily
Format: Excel
Timeframe: 10-year forecasts available from periods 1990 – 2050

  • Nameplate capacity on individual plant location by producer and by the shareholder for main study products + essential derivatives
  • Integration table and top producer and consumer ranking tables (includes net surplus/deficit)
Chemical Coverage: Acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS) resins


Frequency: Bi-annual
Format: Excel
Timeframe: 1 year of history, up to 10 years of forecast
Area Coverage: Between partner countries and by region
Chemical Coverage: Acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS) resins


Frequency: Annual
Format: PDF/HTML
Timeframe: 5-year history, forecast to 2050
Coverage: Regional market summaries

  • Production economics/snapshots for selected regions/processes
  • Production process/technology overview
Chemical Coverage: Acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS) resins


  • Access to our global team of subject matter experts
  • Interactive data visualization module (dashboard)
  • Standard supply/demand graphs
  • Data appendix with supply/demand and capacity tables
  • Supply/demand and capacity database access via data browser

Annual Table of Contents

  • Introduction 4
  • Executive Overview 5
  • Strategic Insights 8
  • Economic Forecast Update 8
  • Durable products demand pulled forward during the COVID-19 pandemic, lowering consumption in the near term 9
  • Capacity expansions concentrated in mainland China 9
  • Changes in trade flows in response to capacity additions 10
  • Shift towards buyers’ market and adverse impact on margins 10
  • North America 12
  • South America 14
  • West Europe 16
  • Central Europe 18
  • CIS & Baltic States 20
  • Africa 22
  • Middle East 24
  • Indian Subcontinent 26
  • Mainland China 28
  • Other Northeast Asia 30
  • Southeast Asia 32
  • Production Process Overview 34
  • Introduction 34
  • Emulsion process 34
  • Mass emulsion process 35
  • Compounding 36
  • Production Process Economics 37
  • Explanatory Notes 37
  • North America - Production Process Economics 38
  • West Europe - Production Process Economics 39
  • Asia - Production Process Economics 40
  • Price Forecast 41
  • Methodology 41
  • North America 41
  • West Europe 42
  • Northeast Asia 42
  • Price Forecast Tables 44
  • Supply/Demand Forecast Methodology 46

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Brendan Dooley

Brendan Dooley Executive Director, Global Engineering Plastics Chemical Market Analytics by OPIS

Brendan Dooley is the Executive Director of the Engineering Plastics service at Chemical Market Analytics. Brendan serves as the Global Executive Director of Engineering Plastics and leads the publication of the monthly Global Engineering Resins Report and the annual World Analysis reports covering polycarbonate, ABS, nylon 6, nylon 66, PBT and POM. He speaks about the costs, prices, capacities, and trade of engineering polymers and contributes to single- and multi-client consulting projects on engineering polymers. Brendan is a chemical engineer and MBA with 30 years of experience in the engineering plastics industry as a North American Sales Director, Managing Director in the United Kingdom, Business Manager in Mexico, Global Automotive Account Director, North American and Europe Product Manager and many other commercial and business management roles across North America and Europe with leading global engineering plastics producers before joining the company in 2015.
Daniel Siow

Daniel Siow Director, Styrenics Polymer (Asia) Chemical Market Analytics by OPIS

Daniel Siow is the Director for Southeast Asia Styrenic & ABS at Chemical Market Analytics. Daniel Siow is currently a Director at Chemical Market Analytics. He covers all major styrenic polymers namely, polystyrene, expandable polystyrene and acrylonitrile butadiene styrene, with a focus on the Asian regions. He contributes to several advisory services, most notably the Global Plastics & Polymers Report, Global Engineering Resins Report, World Polystyrene Analysis, World Expandable Polystyrene Analysis and the World Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene Analysis. Daniel began his career in the chemical industry with Idemitsu Chemicals, a leading Japanese trading company in Singapore, where he was promoted to a Senior Manager role in 2005. He was involved in business development and strategic marketing of commodity and engineering plastics for the Idemitsu Group of companies. He joined Chemical Market Associates Inc. (CMAI) in 2010 as a consultant. Before joining the chemical industry, Daniel had extensive experience in the field of market research, covering studies such as consumer research, industrial research and B2B market research.
Stefano Caporusso

Stefano Caporusso Director EMEA, Engineering Plastics

Stefano Caporusso is the Director for EMEA Engineering Plastics at Chemical Market Analytics. Stefano Caporusso is Director of EMEA Engineering Plastics for Chemical Market Analytics, based in Zurich. Stefano is responsible for providing market analysis and expert insight into costs, prices, capacities, technology, trade, supply/demand and long-term trends to our clients, including authoring of reports. His direct focus covers ABS, polycarbonate (PC) and nylons (PA6, PA66), polybutylene terephtalate (PBT), and polyacetal (POM). Stefano is a Chemical Engineer from the Polytechnic of Milan with 30 years of experience in the chemical and plastics industry. His international experience spans from technical to commercial positions in plastics and synthetic rubber businesses, and he has functional expertise as a global market intelligence leader in prominent global organizations in the chemical and plastic industries. Since January 2022, he has been part of OPIS Chemical Market Analytics, Engineering Plastics division.

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