Polystyrene

Polystyrene Prices, markets & analysis

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Polystyrene is a resin, mainly sold in pellet form. It is shaped into a variety of products including cups, disposable dinnerware, take-out containers and toys.


Polystyrene in the US is a mature market with limited growth potential.


Producers have consolidated in capacity and have become better at managing inventories, producing on a ‘as needed’ basis.


With supply and demand more imbalanced, feedstocks are now the main driver of US polystyrene prices.


Benzene forms a large part of the polystyrenes cost structure. Because of its status as an imported commodity in the US, benzene prices can change rapidly. This has introduced unwelcome price volatility to polystyrene producers and buyers in recent years.


Ethylene, butadiene and natural gases are also important upstream markets to watch.


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