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Updated to Q4 2016
Asia's expandable polystyrene (EPS) prices broke above the $1,200/tonne CFR (cost & freight) China level in late October after hovering below that price for much of the third quarter. Following the strong performance in the feedstock styrene monomer (SM) sector after the US elections, EPS prices rose to around $1,355/tonne CFR China in the second half of November.
However, further price increments appeared challenging as buyers resistance increased. The onset of cold weather in northern and eastern China has reduced construction activities which in turn curbed consumption of EPS. At the same time, demand for EPS from the packaging sector has also tapered off from October as the manufacturing for exports season in China has ended.
The block flame retardant (FR) resins continued to trade at around a $50-60/tonne premium over the packaging resins. Producers noted similarly weak demand for FR resins. Average operating rates of EPS plants in China declined to under 40% in December.
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