The ICIS Expandable Polystyrene report is published weekly in Asia, Europe and the US. Price assessments cover spot or contract markets for block, packaging, insulation standard and flame retardant grades, depending on the region.
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Expandable polystyrene: Market overview
Updated to Q3 2017
Suppliers in Asia remained optimistic that demand for EPS would pick up in the third quarter. The manufacturing for exports season in China is expected to lift demand for EPS from the packaging sector. Meanwhile, the Chinese construction sector is expected to reach its peak in the summer months and continue to sustain consumption of EPS.
The European EPS market experienced a clear shift in demand from April onwards as soon as feedstock styrene prices started to drop. The lower prices encouraged customers to start buying, as inventories had been kept very low. Volumes are expected to remain on a reasonable level for most of the summer months and likely until October when the winter season will slowly start to kick in.
The US EPS market is expecting stable-to-weaker prices in July on the back of feedstock benzene prices. US prices have been under pressure since they increased by 12-15 cents/lb in March, in response to surging feedstock styrene prices in February. However, between April and June, prices dropped by an average of 14 cents/lb. Demand was healthy in June, but expectations for July are even stronger.
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Expandable Polystyrene Methodology
About Expandable polystyrene
Expandable polystyrene (EPS) is a rigid cellular form of polystyrene (PS) with good thermal insulation and shock absorbing properties, high compressive strength, low weight and resistance to moisture.
Building and construction applications are the largest outlet for EPS. Large quantities are used to make insulation foam for closed cavity walls, roofs and floor insulation. EPS foam also finds uses in road construction, bridges, drainage, flotation and sound insulation.
The other main application of EPS is in packaging. Food items such as eggs, meat, fish and poultry can be packed with EPS. The good shock absorbency of EPS makes is suitable for the packaging of delicate electronic goods.
Other uses for EPS include providing protection in crash helmets and as decoration in design work.
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