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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 2016
After rolling over in July, it was largely the strength of feedstock benzene prices that pushed US expandable polystyrene (EPS) prices higher in August. At least four North American producers separately announced a price increase of 5 cents/lb on 15 August. Of that, an average increase of 3.5 cents/lb went into effect in the market place in the second half of August. The August price increase was only the second time US prices had increased since May 2015.
EPS Prices rolled over in September, despite the higher benzene contract settlement at the beginning of the month. During Q3 benzene contract prices rose by an average of 48 cents/gal. EPS prices typically follow feedstock benzene contract prices closely – moving by around 1 cent/lb for every 10 cent/gal move on benzene. Higher benzene costs represent higher production costs for producers.
Demand in July and August was described by moulders as good-to-strong. September demand was said to be good, but slightly below August.
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