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Nitrile Butadiene Rubber (NBR) Market - Global Forecast, Market Share, Size, Growth And Industry Analysis, 2012 - 2018

Nitrile butadiene rubber (NBR) which is also commonly referred to as Buna-N is usually produced for hydrocarbons. NBR is widely used in petroleum and natural gas industry. NBR is a form of synthetic rubber, which is a copolymer of butadiene and acrylonitrile. 

NBR is widely used in automobile and aeronautical industries to manufacture fuel/oil hoses and seals. NBR also possesses the ability to withstand a wide range of temperature from -40 degrees Celsius to +107 degree Celsius making it suitable to be used in aeronautical applications. Other applications of NBR include: lab/medical examination gloves, O-rings, gaskets, V belts, printing rollers, synthetic leather, cable jacketing, moulded goods, footwear, sealants, expanded foams, sponges, floor mats, adhesives and sealants. 

NBR are considered to have more resistance than the natural rubbers to oils and some chemicals, but are have low strength and flexibility. Gloves made from NBR are three times more puncture resistant than gloves made from natural rubber. 

NBR can also be hydrogenated to form (HNBR) which is commonly used to manufacture o-rings for air conditioners used in automobiles. An improved and modified version of NBR is known as carboxylated nitrile butadiene rubber (XNBR) having higher resistance to tear and abrasion compared to conventional NBR. 

2-propenenitrile is made to react to with various other butadiene monomers including 1,2-butadiene and 1,3-butadiene in presence of catalyst in a polymerization vessel. Water acts as the reaction medium within the vessel. The vessel is heated to approximately 30-40 degrees Celsius to promote the polymerization reaction. This process is to produce hot NBR. 

The production of cold NBR also follows the same process. The only difference between hot NBR and cold NBR is the temperature range, cold NBR is produced by heating the vessel to 5-10 degree Celsius. Less branching is formed on polymers under lower temperature.

This report is an effort to measure the performance of nitrile butadiene rubber (NBR) in a global scenario. The report segments the application market of nitrile butadiene rubber (NBR) as hose belting and cable, medical and industrial gloves, O-rings and seals, adhesives and sealants, molded and extruded products, and others in terms of volume and revenue along with their market estimates and forecast from 2010 to 2018. The nitrile butadiene rubber (NBR) report also includes the global rubber gloves market by product type, application and by geography in terms of billion pieces from 2010 and forecast till 2018. 

The nitrile butadiene rubber (NBR) report also provides NBR gloves production cost breakdown and production by countries such as Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia and Others. The global nitrile butadiene rubber (NBR) market is estimated from 2010 and forecasted till 2018 in terms of billion pieces. The nitrile butadiene rubber (NBR) report also covers competitive analysis by Porters five forces model, explaining the bargaining power of suppliers and buyers, threat from new entrants and substitutes and by degree of competition among the players of the market. In order to provide our clients with the best competitive analysis we have also included company market share for rubber glove manufacturers, nitrile butadiene rubber (NBR) producers and acrylonitrile manufacturers.

This report also includes nitrile butadiene rubber (NBR) gloves manufacturers such as Top Glove, Supermax Corporation BHD, Latexx Partners Berhad, Adventa and Hartalega and also the key suppliers to glove manufacturers such as PetroChina Company Ltd, OMNOVA Solutions, Lubrizol, Lanxess AG, Dow Chemicals and DSM. The profiled companies are defined by their financial overview, business strategies and recent development.

This research is specially designed to estimate and analyze the demand and performance of NBR in a global scenario. The research provides in-depth analysis of nitrile butadiene rubber (NBR) manufacturers, product sales, and trend analysis by segments and demand by geography. The report covers all the major product segments of the nitrile butadiene rubber (NBR) market and provides in-depth analysis, historical data and statistically refined forecast for the segments covered. 

Primary research represents the bulk of research efforts, supplemented by extensive secondary research. We reviewed the key players’ product literature, annual reports, press releases and relevant documents for competitive analysis and market understanding. Secondary research also includes a search of recent trade, technical writing, internet sources, and statistical data from government websites, trade associations and agencies. This approach has proven to be the most reliable, effective and successful approach for obtaining precise market data, capturing industry participants’ insights, and recognizing business opportunities. The secondary research sources that are typically referred to include, Company websites, annual reports, financial reports, broker reports, investor presentations and SEC filings, internal and external proprietary databases, relevant patent and regulatory databases, national government documents, statistical databases and market reports, news articles, press releases and web-casts specific to the companies operating in the market.

The study presents a comprehensive assessment of the stakeholder strategies, winning imperatives for them by segmenting the nitrile butadiene rubber (NBR) market as below:

Global nitrile butadiene rubber (NBR) market, by application 
  • Hose, belting and cable
  • O-rings and seals
  • Medical and industrial gloves
  • Molded and extruded products
  • Adhesives and sealants
  • Others
Global nitrile butadiene rubber (NBR) market, by geography
  • North America
  • Europe
  • Asia Pacific
  • Rest of the World
Global rubber gloves market

Global rubber gloves demand, by product type
  • Natural rubber
  • NBR
  • Vinyl
  • Others
Global rubber gloves market, by application
  • Medical
  • Non medical/industrial
Global rubber gloves market, by geography
  • North America
  • Europe
  • Asia Pacific
  • RoW
Global nitrile butadiene rubber (NBR) gloves market

Global nitrile butadiene rubber (NBR) gloves production by countries
  • Malaysia
  • Thailand
  • Indonesia
  • Other

Nitrile butadiene rubber (NBR) commonly known as Buna-N is usually produced for hydrocarbon service. NBR commonly finds its application in petroleum and natural gas industries.  Buna-N is a kind of synthetic rubber, a copolymer of acrylonitrile and butadiene. One of the important characteristic of Buna-N is that it can withstand a wide temperature range of 40 degree Celsius to 110 degree Celsius.

Grommets, seals and hoses are completed using Buna-N in many fields especially in aeronautical applications. The ability of Buna-N to withstand extreme temperatures makes it ideal material for aeronautical applications. The growing automotive and aeronautical industry is thereby fuelling the nitrile butadiene rubber market. Buna-N is a tough material, finding its application in production of protective gloves in the nuclear industry. The tensile strength of Buna-N makes it an ideal material in various industries where hydrocarbon resistant material is of prime importance. 

Very few materials are puncture resistant. Buna-N is one of them. It possesses a very high tensile strength and suitable material. Its growing application in different fields is fuelling the market widely. Buna-N material is the best alternative to latex material. However its usage in surgical operations is quite low - almost negligible. Thus, surgical operating areas act as one of the restraints for the development of this market.  
High cost of Buna-N gloves as compared to latex gloves is one of the major inhibitors to the Buna-N market. Buna-N gloves are not tear resistant like latex which adds up as another restraining factor in the development of the Buna-N market. With the increasing number of applications in the medical, aeronautical and automotive fields, the Buna-N market would excel effectively. However considering certain EPA regulations and governmental policies the NBR market would experience certain restraints in the same fields mentioned.

Some of the key players of the Buna-N market include Eliokem S.A.S., Lanxess AG, Nitriflex, Sibur Holding JSC and Zeon Chemicals L.P. 

This market research report analyzes important market segments, and major geographies. This report is a complete study of current trends in the market, industry growth drivers, and restraints. It provides market projections for the coming years. It includes analysis of recent developments in technology, Porter’s five force model analysis and detailed profiles of top industry players. The report also includes a review of micro and macro factors essential for the existing market players and new entrants along with detailed value chain analysis. 

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