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That’s why ICIS maintains a network of locally based reporters, providing not just price assessments but market commentary and analysis.
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 is mainly used in the manufacture of homopolymers and copolymers. Its predominant use is in polystyrene (PS)
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.
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The US gulf (USG) styrene report includes a monthly contract price and a weekly spot price. We cover all bases in ensuring the accuracy of this report.
We talk to buyers, we talk to producers, we talk to brokers, we talk to traders and we talk to shipping experts when it comes to this market and that is precisely why you should actually read the US Gulf (USG) styrene report from ICIS.
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The report covers integrated styrene production, from naphtha and benzene feedstocks, and standalone styrene production, from ethylene and benzene feedstocks, using contract and spot models.
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