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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 Q3 2014
In the third quarter of 2014, US expandable polystyrene (EPS) prices were higher on average by 5 cents/lb from where they were at the end of the second quarter, based on tight supply and higher feedstock benzene costs.
Producers implemented an EPS price increase of 5 cents/lb in July, based on a record high benzene settlement of $5.28/gal. However, while benzene prices fell by 11% over August and September, producers were able to keep prices flat, based on tight supply.
Supply was tight for much of the quarter, based on planned and unplanned outages during the second quarter. Some of the outages were lengthy, and producers depleted inventory levels to the point that they were unable to fulfill all requests for resin.
Buyers turned to the Asian market for material, with large quantities of lower-priced Asian imports expected to hit the US by the end of September or early October.
Demand remained fairly strong throughout much of the quarter, during the peak season for certain applications, such as construction.
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