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Updated to Q1 2017
Middle Eastern polystyrene (PS) prices trended higher in the first quarter of 2017, tracking gains in upstream styrene monomer (SM) prices.
General purpose polystyrene (GPPS) traded at around $1,550/tonne CFR GCC in early March, while high impact polystyrene (HIPS) averaged at around $1,630/tonne CFR GCC. Prices gained about 15% over the quarter, following a sharp increase in SM prices during January. This led to slow trade during the first quarter, with buying remaining largely need-based.
Some suppliers noted more buying enquiries near the end of the first quarter, as downstream requirements for food packaging and disposables have started to pick up ahead of the Ramadan period in June. Nonetheless, most customers were unwilling to commit to firm purchases amid signs of softer SM prices in February. Some were on the sidelines for a further downward correction in prices, while others considered switching to alternative plastic resins such as propylene.
The ICIS Middle East South Asia polystyrene (PS) weekly report enjoys a strong benchmark status in the Middle East and is used as a reference by several market participants in South Asia.
The report captures price movements in the Gulf Corporation Council (GCC) and the East Mediterranean (East Med), as well as Iran, India and Pakistan.
General purpose polystyrene (GPPS) and high impact polystyrene (HIPS) are covered.
The report delves into market factors that affect prices, including feedstock costs, supply-demand fundamentals and freight rates.
While providing analysis of the current situation, the report outlines emerging trends that could influence pricing in the near future.
In addition, it lists plant turnarounds, outages and start-ups. It also tracks changes in freight rates on a weekly basis.
By communicating closely with a wide cross-section of market players, including buyers and sellers, ICIS has maintained the accuracy of the report and enhanced its status as an independent and objective price reporting service.
The ICIS PS report helps industry players make informed trading and business decisions.
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.
Our time series of pricing data enables you to build and model trends, to get a view of where markets might be heading. The data service includes charting functionality, allowing you to chart and download multiple data series for manipulation in your own internal models. You can also export data to Excel via the ICIS dashboard service.
ICIS price assessments are based on information gathered from a wide cross-section of the market, comprising consumers, producers, traders and distributors from more than 250 reporters world-wide. Confirmed deals, verified by both buyer and seller, provide the foundation of our price assessments.
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