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Expandable Polystyrene Europe Transcript
The European EPS report monitors prices for block and packaging grade EPS material, in Europe valued in Euros and in the UK valued in Pounds Sterling.
These prices are revised on a monthly basis but the commentary of the report also covers the background dynamics that govern and drive the market. And therefore is just as valuable for the readers in terms of forming their own benchmarks for their prices and the margins on which they need to operate upon.
In order to produce the report we talk to many buyers in a variety of countries, we also talk to distributors; we talk to all the key producers who account for over 90% of the total output in Europe. The market is characterised by long-term stable relationships between producers and their customers.
The report itself is also distinguished by similar long term relationships with our sources, and they recognise the objectivity and the integrity that underlie the report.
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Due to strong demand and the need to improve weak margins, expandable polystyrene (EPS) producers raised prices by €50-55/tonne in August, ahead of the €47/tonne increase in feedstock styrene monomer (SM) costs. September EPS prices jumped another €85-90/tonne, at a slight premium to the €85/tonne monomer contract increase, trimming demand as buyers struggled to pass on the increases.
Prices fell back by €50-60/tonne in October, though below the €92/tonne drop in feedstock costs, due to strong demand, particularly from the construction sector. This sector benefitted from a long, warm autumn, slightly mitigating the impact from bad weather at the start of the year. Nevertheless, buyers and sellers continued to complain of thin margins.
November expectations are mixed, but a feedstock price drop of €85/tonne makes EPS price reductions look very likely. Weather is likely to dictate construction activity and therefore EPS demand in the month. Producers hope to keep as much of the feedstock price fall as possible to improve their margins, but buyers will be looking for the biggest reductions they can to boost worrying margins.
Updated to mid-November 2013
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