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Expandable polystyrene Asia Transcript
The ICIS weekly Asian expandable polystyrene, or EPS report covers two grades, the packaging and the block flame retardant types.
A complete overview of the key Chinese market is given. Working closely with our colleagues in China, we quote spot prices on a CFR basis and provide domestic price assessments for both grades.
Besides providing demand and supply commentary for the region, we also provide plant operations as an additional indicator of supply. Commentary on feedstock styrene monomer is also in the report giving clients an added perspective on the production margins of EPS producers.
Included is also information on the Taiwanese local market, market analysis on the South East Asia market and a section on export markets.
Since we speak to all the major players who produce, buy and sell EPS, ICIS builds up a comprehensive and unbiased view of the market. This is useful for those looking for an independent reference or benchmark for spot transactions.
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Asia’s expandable polystyrene (EPS) demand tapered off in October as the peak manufacturing season in China came to an end.
The onset of colder weather in northern China in the fourth quarter also curbed demand for EPS from the construction and infrastructure sector.
EPS packaging prices slipped to $1,815/tonne CFR (cost & freight) China in the first half of November from above $1,900/tonne in September and October. Despite the lower prices, buying interest remained thin as users kept low inventories amid the current lull season.
The average operating rate of EPS units in China declined to below 50% capacity in early November as producers cut their plant run rates to keep stocks from piling up. Suppliers could reduce the rates even further given the short shelf life of EPS resins.
Meanwhile, the premium of flame retardant (FR) EPS over the packaging grade remained at around $50/tonne in the fourth quarter. Suppliers concede it was difficult to raise the premium because the demand for FR resins has waned as the construction sector enters the lull season.
Updated to mid-November 2013
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