Styrene Prices, markets & analysis
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Whether you buy or sell Styrene monomer or related products, you need to know about the prices and the factors driving the prices in the global Styrene market as they happen. Our network of price reporters throughout Asia, Europe and the US provide key local insights. We collate this intelligence into daily and weekly price reports, ensuring you have the up-to-date information you need at all times.
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Styrene Overview Transcript
Styrene is a liquid chemical which is used to manufacture a wide range of products in two basic groups: plastic resins and synthetic rubber. The raw materials for styrene are benzene and ethylene which are produced from naphtha in an integrated plant.
In the plastic group, styrene is made into polystyrene, EPS, ABS, SAN and UPR. These resins then go into consumer electronics, office equipment, toys, and automobiles as well as the packaging construction and infrastructure sectors.
The other group that styrene goes into is synthetic rubber like styrene butadiene rubber, and styrene butadiene latex. These synthetic rubbers are then used to make items like automobile tyres and a host of rubber products.
The main merchant market for styrene is China, which has been growing at a relatively high rate annually. The Asian styrene market is spot driven, with values of most term contracts derived from spot prices.
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Styrene: Market overview
Updated to Q1 2015
Despite the continued weakness seen for oil and benzene so far in January, there is the potential for European styrene monomer (SM) prices to pick up on the back of limited imports due to a closed arbitrage window from other regions. Derivative demand could also support an upturn, with mild winter conditions in early 2015 and the expectation of improved construction demand towards the end of the first quarter (Q1).
US contract prices for December fell in early January to the lowest contract price levels since June 2012, with contract prices expected to keep falling in Q1 based on the continuing plunge in energy markets and feedstock benzene. However, a heat-exchanger failure in late December at Styrolution's 450,000 tonne/year Texas City plant in Texas could help counteract any downside in spot pricing.
Sentiment remains weak in the Asian market, given the continued weakness in energy futures in the new year. Concerns that SM values could once again slump prompted buyers to stay on the sidelines. Besides, the sharp fall in prices in the last two months of 2014 has resulted in a wave of defaults among SM traders in China. Consequently, trade is expected to remain thin as the market needs time to work off these ‘excess’ cargoes.
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Pure styrene is a colourless to yellow, oily liquid that evaporates easily and has a sweet smell. Styrene is highly flammable, forms explosive mixtures in air, is dangerous when exposed to flame, heat or oxidants and on decomposition, emits acrid fumes.
Styrene is mainly used in the manufacture of homopolymers and copolymers. These include polystyrene (PS), expandable polystyrene (EPS), styrene copolymers (such as acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS) resins, styrene-acrylonitrile (SAN) and styrene-butadiene latexes), styrene-butadiene rubber (SBR) and unsaturated polyester resins.
Styrene is produced predominately by ethylbenzene (EB)-based technology. EB is first made by the catalytic alkylation of benzene with ethylene and then dehydrogenated to styrene. The coproduction of styrene with propylene oxide (PO) by the PO/SM process had been gaining popularity.