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Updated to Q1 2017
European polystyrene (PS) contracts rose significantly during the first quarter of the year on the back of rising raw feedstock costs that took prices to record high levels. The feedstock styrene barge contract recorded five consecutive increases from December 2016 onwards with the constant hikes affecting demand especially from the buyer’s side. Spot styrene prices began to soften only in March creating expectations for a possible decrease in the barge contract in April. The styrene market has experienced a similar situation in 2015. There was an increase in December that year and then an astronomical hike in February; the problem is that prices never come down as quickly as they go up, sources said. Especially for business in the UK, the problem for PS prices is not only the feedstock increases but also the currency differential. Volumes for high impact PS were a bit stronger than general purpose PS, although HIPS availability was occasionally more difficult as Asian imports into the region were limited.
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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