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Updated to Q1 2018
Restricted supply of styrene monomer (SM) from the US Gulf or Mexico has curtailed PS production in Latin America and, this in turn, has caused a price spike in Q1, just as it occurred last year. The shortages affected production in Brazil and Colombia and prices have soared in the region. Net importers such as Peru, Ecuador and Chile were at the mercy of regional suppliers and the high prices have had a number on demand, because buyers expect a reversal in price direction that did not occur in Q1.
Latin America PS demand was normal in the region, with more orders from the disposables sector in the southern hemisphere, where summer just ended. Demand for disposables increased in Latin America during the summer months and the white line had decent sales. Demand has softened in March with the return of colder temperatures. A reverse process has been the case for Mexico, where demand has been soft since the start of this year with many uncertainties ahead. The scarcity of product has produced back-to-back increases from December 2017 to March 2018.
The polystyrene (PS) report for Latin America covers domestic prices for general purpose polystyrene (GPPS) and for high impact polystyrene (HIPS) in several key Latin American markets.
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