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Updated to Q3 2017
US expandable polystyrene (EPS) supply was stable during the third quarter, with no production issues seen. However, EPS production in Mexico increased during the third quarter, as Styropek completed an expansion project at its EPS plant in Altamira. The expansion increased capacity by 75,000 tonnes/year, raising total capacity to 240,000 tonnes/year. The US is a net importer of EPS, and imports during the first seven months of 2017 were up by 7% year on year. Canada, Mexico and the Bahamas are the largest EPS suppliers to the US market.
EPS demand was strong during the third quarter. Total sales and captive use by the US and Canada were up by 4% year on year during the first eight months of 2017. Block EPS demand from January through August was up by 3.3% year on year, while demand for shape EPS was up by 4% during the same timeframe. Exports have been strong in 2017. Exports during the first seven months of the year were up by 18% from the same period during the previous year.
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