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Updated to Q1 2020
The European styrene market will stay oversupplied, as demand from polystyrene (PS) and acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS) has dropped as a result of the coming single-use plastic ban and the weakening of the automotive and appliances sectors. Further pressure is expected from lower priced imports. Commercial product from Zhejiang’s new 1.2m tonne/year plant should hit the market in February, which will reduce China’s need for imports significantly and exports will be redirected, with Europe being one target.
While there will be some restocking demand in the European styrene market in the first quarter of 2019, underlying consumption is at a very low level. The final closure of Total’s polystyrene (PS) lines in El Prat, Spain at the end of 2019 will reduce Europe’s PS capacity by 5% and shorten styrene demand. The demand outlook for 2020 is flat to slightly up, despite uncertainty and restrictions on ‘single-use’ plastics.
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Styrene is mainly used in the manufacture of homopolymers and copolymers. Its predominant use is in polystyrene (PS)
This document is intended to provide methodology support for customers receiving the ICIS Weekly Margin – Styrene Europe report
The ICIS weekly European styrene report comes out every Friday and it is a mixture of spot and contract prices.
With spot, our reporters look at the present month and the forward month, and for contract there are several barge numbers that are settled and are fairly straightforward between a buyer and a seller.
The ICIS report in Europe for styrene is widely used as the benchmark reference.
ICIS speaks to small to medium-sized businesses, from the big sellers all the way down to the smaller consumers. We regard this as the best way of getting a comprehensive view of the market.
If you require a daily styrene price we also produce a daily Aromatics report for Europe which provides you with in-depth pricing information, news and analysis, including a view of the latest styrene prices to keep you informed of the factors and developments affecting the European marketplace on a day-to-day basis.
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