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Expandable Polystyrene

Chemical Economics Handbook

Table of Contents

Executive summary 6
Summary 8
World producers 9
Consumption 12
Building/construction 13
Packaging applications 14
Other 14
Introduction 15
Expandable polystyrenes 15
The rise of integrated styrenics companies 15
Challenges and opportunities 18
Challenges and threats 19
Research and development opportunities 19
Manufacturing processes 21
Modified mass polymerization or solution polymerization 21
Suspension polymerization 21
Additives 22
Syndiotactic polystyrene 22
Environmental issues 24
Substitution due to environmental/human health impact concerns 24
Recycling 24
Bans and regulations 25
Supply and demand by region 27
North America 27
Overview 27
Producing companies 27
Salient statistics 27
Consumption 28
Trade 30
United States 30
Producing companies 30
Salient statistics 32
Consumption 32
Packaging applications 34
Trade 35
Canada 35
Producing companies 35
Salient statistics 35
Consumption 36
Trade 37
Mexico 37
Producing companies 37
Salient statistics 38
Consumption 39
Trade 39
Central and South America 40
Producing companies 40
Salient statistics 41
Consumption 41
Trade 43
Western Europe 43
Producing companies 43
Salient statistics 45
Consumption 46
Trade 47
Central and Eastern Europe 47
Producing companies 47
Salient statistics 48
Consumption 49
Trade 50
CIS and Baltic States 50
Producing companies 50
Salient statistics 51
Consumption 52
Trade 53
Middle East 54
Producing companies 54
Salient statistics 55
Consumption 56
Trade 57
Africa 57
Salient statistics 57
Trade 59
Indian Subcontinent 59
Producing companies 59
Salient statistics 59
Consumption 60
Trade 61
Northeast Asia 61
Overview 61
Producing companies 61
Salient statistics 62
Consumption 63
Trade 64
Mainland China 64
Producing companies 64
Salient statistics 66
Consumption 67
Trade 69
Japan 69
Producing companies 69
Salient statistics 69
Consumption 70
Trade 71
South Korea 71
Producing companies 71
Salient statistics 72
Consumption 72
Trade 73
Taiwan 73
Producing companies 73
Salient statistics 74
Consumption 74
Trade 75
Southeast Asia 75
Producing companies 75
Salient statistics 76
Consumption 77
Trade 79
Appendix 80
Additional resources 81
Revisions 82
Data Workbook 83
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