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Updated to Q1 2018
Total Petrochemicals declared force majeure on 23 January on all of its PS products after an unplanned interruption at its 660,000 tonne/year plant at the CosMar petrochemical complex in Carville, Louisiana. The interruption was caused by unusually cold temperatures as part of winter storm Inga. Total said that the smaller two of its four PS production lines were initially idled and rates were reduced on the two larger lines. However, on 2 March, Total said that all four of its PS lines were running without issue.
PS demand was a little soft in the first quarter, largely on the back of cold temperatures and higher prices following December. A significant demand segment for PS is the downstream expandable polystyrene (EPS) market, which saw reduced demand in the first quarter due to seasonality factors. North American (US, Canada and Mexico) sales and captive use during the first two months of the year were down by 7.3% year on year. The top end-use sectors, including food packaging and food service, consumer and institutional and electrical/electronic, notched year on year losses during that timeframe.
The US polystyrene (PS) report covers domestic prices for general purpose polystyrene (GPPS) and high impact polystyrene (HIPS).
ICIS quotes prices in the US on a delivered (DEL) US-basis for bulk and packaged material.
The report covers production news, demand and feedstock costs.
Margins in the PS market have become more stable over the past year, so price variations depend more on feedstock costs, especially that of benzene, so the report gives an overview of the benzene market each week.
Because the US market is constantly buffeted by internationally traded feedstock prices, the ICIS report provides a useful global view of US market conditions and how global trends effect pricing going forward.
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.
Whether you are a buyer, producer or trader, the ICIS US Polystyrene Margin report will help you understand how costs and prices affect product profitability.
Use ICIS cost and profit models to get a better understanding of how feedstock and operational costs affect polystyrene (PS) production margins, enabling you to analyse factors critical to production planning, trading and settling contracts.
This report is designed to complement the ICIS US Polystyrene price report by covering integrated and standalone production of general purpose polystyrene (GPPS) and high impact polystyrene (HIPS). Margins are calculated for integrated and standalone production based on contract prices as well as for standalone production based on purchases of spot styrene and sales of contract GPPS or HIPS.
The models track various market factors and combine ICIS’s benchmark price assessments with plant manufacturing and feedstock yield data provided by Linde Engineering.
The ICIS US Polystyrene Margin report enables you to:
- Review the movements in variable costs and margins for integrated and standalone production of GPPS and HIPS
- Understand the various factors driving PS profits and anticipate their impact on your business
- Validate your market analysis
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.
Our in-depth market knowledge drives our specialist focus, as we recognise the importance of individual market dynamics and not a one-size-fits-all approach.
Over 25 years of reporting on key chemicals markets, including Polystyrene, has brought global recognition of our methodology as being unbiased, authoritative and rigorous in preserving our editorial integrity. Our global network of reporters in Houston, London, Singapore, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Mumbai, Perth and Moscow ensures unrivalled coverage of established and emerging markets.