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Updated to Q4 2018
There were no turnarounds or interruptions to production in the US market during the fourth quarter. US PS prices ended 2018 on a low note, falling by 7 cents/lb across the board in December. The price drops were the result of the steep decline on feedstock benzene prices during the fourth quarter. Prices rolled over in October and November. Mexico, Brazil and South Korea were the largest suppliers of PS to the market during the fourth quarter.
Demand continued to drop in December, as it typically falls to the lowest level of the year in December. Demand in November was down by 15% from the same month in 2017, according to the American Chemistry Council (ACC). Demand during the first 11 months of 2018 was down by 4.9% from the corresponding period in 2017. The sectors that saw the biggest drops were compounders (down by 10%); building and construction (down by 7.9%); and electrical/electronic (down by 4.1%).
We offer the following regional Polystyrene coverage to keep you informed of factors and developments affecting prices in the US Polystyrene marketplace.
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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
Ethane (or naphtha) with steam is fed into the cracker unit where ethylene and co-products (propylene, butadiene, benzene, etc.) are made. The ethylene and benzene from the cracker are then further processed (catalytic alkylation) to make ethylbenzene.
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.
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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.
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