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Updated to Q4 2017
There were no issues with North American supply during the fourth quarter, but supply was tight due to strong demand. By the middle of October, producers were basically sold out of material. Imports during the first 10 months of 2017 were up by 5% year on year, which totalled 7,334 tonnes. However, the rise on imports was more than offset by a 13% increase in exports from January through October, year on year.
The US EPS market saw strong demand during the fourth quarter. EPS demand for block and packaging applications in the US and Canada was up by 5.2% during the first 10 months of 2017, from the same period a year ago, according to the American Chemistry Council (ACC). The boost in demand from the construction industry was on the back of rebuilding activities after the hurricanes that hit Texas and Florida last summer. Packaging demand rose in the quarter on the back of seasonal shipping.
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