ICIS price reporting for regional Polystyrene markets is unparalleled in its ability to keep you on top of the information you need.
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Updated to Q4 2018
Supply in the European polystyrene (PS) market tightened substantially over Q4 2018. Certain grades of general purpose PS (GPPS) were particularly tight during the quarter amid production cuts and order cancellation by BASF, due to Rhine river levels falling to record lows and restricting raw material supplies. An erosion in upstream styrene monomer costs and a surge of pre-buying and re-stocking activity led to significant tightness in late Q4, exacerbated by trucking shortages in parts of Europe.
Demand in the European polystyrene (PS) market improved significantly in Q4 2018. Although October was broadly stable for most sectors, a surge of pre-buying and re-stocking activity in November and December buoyed consumption. An erosion in upstream styrene monomer costs pressured prices to levels not seen in over a year and an anticipation by many buyers that prices had bottomed out for the time being led to increased demand, although end-user buying interest remained stable.
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Polystyrene (PS) is a thermoplastic polymer and is available in several forms: general purpose (crystal), medium impact, high impact and expandable
The diagram below shows the main method of making polystyrene (PS) from naphtha, a product mainly derived from crude oil.
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.
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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.
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