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Updated to Q3 2018
There are no planned turnarounds during the fourth quarter in the US polystyrene (PS) market. As a result, supply should be adequate in the quarter, which includes imported material. Mexico is by far the largest source of imports for the US market, and that will be the case in the fourth quarter. The next largest suppliers include South Korea, Brazil, Taiwan, Singapore and Canada. Imports, which were down by 6% year on year during the first seven months of 2018, should remain low in the fourth quarter.
Demand will begin to taper off in October, and should hit the low point for the year in December. US exports should grow during the fourth quarter while domestic consumption tapers off. Demand in the downstream expandable polystyrene market, which makes up a significant portion of overall PS demand, will be lower in the final quarter of the year. Mexico and Canada will be the largest destinations for exports in the fourth quarter. The two countries accounted for 68% of exports from January through July.
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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.
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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.
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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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