Styrene prices, markets & analysis

ICIS provides extensive coverage of the Styrene market. Weekly reports are published in Asia, China, Europe and the US and daily reports are also available for Asia. There are monthly margin reports for Asia, Europe and the US as well as 12-month rolling series reports. The margin reports include short-term changes as well as the longer-range view and give reliable analysis and methodology.

Weekly reports cover contract and spot assessments for the price range over the week and at close of business Friday. Our locally-based expert reporters use market intelligence to give commentary on deals taking place, international trade, production news, supply and demand trends as well as upstream and downstream developments. This up-to-date and trustworthy source of information is a vital tool in the decision-making process.

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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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