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Updated to Q2 2018
Tight supply pushed spot prices of styrene (SM) higher in the quarter. A heavy turnaround schedule within China, compounded with a dearth of deep sea cargoes as well as lower-than-average inventory levels led to limited availability of spot cargoes, particularly within China. The antidumping duty (ADD) imposed on cargoes from South Korea, Taiwan and the US since February 2018 exacerbated the situation as overall imports were greatly reduced.
Demand was muted, defying expectations of an upswing in buying interest over April-June. The second quarter typically sees firmer demand in the region due to the manufacturing season. As supply was poised to tighten, end users were willing to purchase more SM in anticipation of higher prices. Later on, as spot prices hit multi-year highs, downstream production margins suffered, with buyers lowering run rates. Some end users were offering term SM volumes in the spot market.
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Styrene is mainly used in the manufacture of homopolymers and copolymers. Its predominant use is in polystyrene (PS)
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ICIS publishes daily and weekly price assessments, market news and analyses for the Asian styrene market, all in a single report subscription. Whether you are a buyer, trader or seller, our pricing information gives you access to time-sensitive deals, offers/bids and price movements. Historical pricing data is also available.
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ICIS’ online database provides a single, highly searchable source of detailed historical data as far back as 1978 and forecast data up until 2030 for styrene around the globe. The service combines fully reconciled supply/demand, trade, capacity and ownership data to give you multiple views of the market from a global, regional or country specific perspective.
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