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Updated to Q2 2018
There were no supply interruptions or turnarounds in the US expandable polystyrene (EPS) market during the second quarter, and producers were running plants at full production. During the first four months of 2018, Mexico and Canada were the two largest EPS suppliers to the US EPS market, accounting for 69% of total exports. Imports from Mexico from January through April were up by 53% year on year. The next largest suppliers are the Bahamas, South Korea and China.
Some moulders cancelled orders and reduced inventories in April ahead of lower prices in May. As a result, demand in May was bolstered by increased orders that were postponed from April. The second quarter is typically one of the highest demand quarters for US EPS, as products are heavily manufactured prior to the summer season. Demand for disposable items hits it peak in the summer months. Mexico was the primary destination for EPS exports during the second quarter, followed by Canada.
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