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Updated to Q3 2018
European polystyrene (PS) supply was ample throughout Q3. Supple remained healthy in August despite upstream production problems in the styrene monomer market for much of that month. Softening buying appetite during the summer season a lacklustre sentiment in the single-use sector following political announcements to more strictly regulate the industry in May and competitively priced offers from suppliers outside the region added to increased availability during much of the quarter.
European polystyrene (PS) demand was lacklustre throughout much of Q3. A combination of rising feedstock costs, the holiday season in August and weakening sentiment in the mono-use PS sector put pressure on buying appetite throughout the quarter to varying degrees depending on the region. Although demand for extruded PS for insulation was mostly good and PS for food packaging stable, they were not enough to counter the overall softening sentiment in demand.
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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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