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The North America Expandable Polystyrene report provides domestic prices for the most widely used grades of expandable polystyrene, block and shape. It has prices for the US, Canada and Mexico expressed in cents per pound and US Dollars per metric tonne.
Commentary covers feed stocks, plant outages, policy issues, news and import-export statistics. Commentary also includes a brief description of issues in other regions, so our subscribers can estimate their options. A section on feed stocks keeps subscribers up to date and explains cost pressures that sooner or later will affect expandable polystyrene prices.
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Updated to Q4 2014
US expandable polystyrene (EPS) prices dropped 7.6% in the quarter ended in early December, largely from the plunge in crude values that pulled all the major feedstocks down with it. Futures for major benchmark West Texas Intermediate plunged 30% during the quarter, benzene spot prices fell 33% and styrene dropped 24%. Ethylene took the biggest dive, starting the period at record highs and plummeting 41%, not so much from the crude drop but because of improved supply from several cracker restarts.
The lure of Asian imports to North American buyers continued, with prices for EPS from Korea, Taiwan and China falling roughly 10% during the quarter. Mexican customers said cheaper material from China had as much to do with lowering prices there as the falloff in benzene.
US EPS imports rose by 10% in October on increased shipments from South Korea and the Bahamas, according to data from the US International Trade Commission (ITC). The two countries accounted for 51% of all US imports. US EPS exports, less than half the size of imports, fell by 15% in October on fewer shipments to top destinations Mexico and Canada.
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