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Updated to Q4 2018
After reaching full output in July and August, US styrene production in the fourth quarter dropped by 12%. Half of Cosmar’s production at Carville, Louisiana, or 590,000 tonnes, was taken down for a planned turnaround in early September. The turnaround was still in progress in December. As a net styrene exporter, the US imports one-third to one-quarter of the volume it exports. The US imported an average of 54,501 tonnes of styrene per month during the first 10 months of 2018. The vast majority of that was sourced from Canada.
Domestic styrene demand in the fourth quarter was steady, led by downstream markets including acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS) and expandable polystyrene (EPS). China’s ADD ruling against the US, South Korea and Taiwan led to reduced exports from the US to China during 2017 and 2018. US exports to China during the first 10 months of 2018, at 127,510 tonnes, were down by 40% year on year. As a result, US suppliers increased sales to countries like the Netherlands and Turkey in 2018.
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Styrene butadiene rubber (SBR) is the most widely used synthetic rubber. Emulsion SBR contains 23.5% styrene and 76.5% butadiene.
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