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Updated to Q4 2016
Feedstock styrene was the main driver of European polystyrene (PS) prices in both October and November, while players were cautiously awaiting the December styrene contract settlement amid market talk that it could increase by three-digits.
Some players were concerned that any significant increase would be hard for the PS market to implement, given that demand in December usually tails off.
However, some sources on the producers’ side said a three-digit increase could easily be digested by the market and it has happened several times in recent years.
October and November demand was considered as healthy, but weak in distribution, while the level of volumes was different depending on the region and sector.
There was an increase of imports in October, mainly for general purpose polystyrene (GPPS), but most of this was destined for Italy and the Balkan region rather than the northern part of Europe.
In November, the comparatively high prices seen in Asia were said to be also supporting Europe’s competitiveness in the export markets.
The weekly European polystyrene (PS) report follows general purpose (GP), or crystal prices, and high impact pricing. The report is widely used as a benchmark within the industry and is an established and trusted source of information.
As European PS pricing is closely linked to styrene, the ICIS report gives accurate, timely commentary on movements in the styrene market and expectations of the outcome of negotiations in the monthly styrene contract.
As soon as the monthly styrene contract is settled, the PS market moves into action and major PS buyers and sellers are canvassed by ICIS.
ICIS collects pricing data on a wide range of chemical, energy and fertilizer products, including Polystyrene. Our extensive experience in price reporting means we can offer you access to historical data dating back more than 20 years for certain commodities.
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ICIS pricing’s Polystyrene Europe margin report covers integrated and stand-alone (or non-integrated) production of both general purpose polystyrene (GPPS) and high impact polystyrene (HIPS) in Europe. The integrated models are based on naphtha, the dominant cracker feedstock in Europe, combined with feedstock benzene sourced from the cracker and, in the case of HIPS, purchased polybutadiene. Full account is taken of cracker co-product credits. The stand-alone models consider GPPS production from purchased styrene and HIPS production from purchased styrene and polybutadiene. Both contract and spot pricing models are included.
For more information on ICIS pricing’s Polystyrene Europe margin report, read the full methodology here.
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