Chapter 3 offers a detailed analysis of applications for butadiene, such as Styrene-butadiene rubber (SBR), Polybutadiene (BR), Latex, Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS), and others (adiponitrile
, acrylonitrile butadiene rubber, polychloroprene, styrene-butadiene block copolymers, methyl-methacrylate-butadiene-styrene, and other special chemical intermediates).
The location of existing and future butadiene extraction capacity will be critical to meet demand growth in synthetic rubber (polybutadiene and styrene-butadiene), nylon (via adiponitrile
), and ABS (acrylonitrile-butadienestyrene) markets.
He cited unplanned production disruptions at key intermediate plants--including precursor ADN (adiponitrile
) and derivative HMD (hexamethylene diamine) in France and the U.K., along with other logistical problems such as transportation strikes.
Industry concern over potential nylon 66 supply shortages in the next three years is based on two factors: fast-growing demand in the automotive industry--which reportedly accounts for over 50% of global nylon 66 demand--and strains on capacity for producing a key feedstock, adiponitrile
(ADN), used in the production of primary nylon 66 component hexamethylene diamine.