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Polystyrene

Chemical Economics Handbook

Table of Contents

Section Page Number

Executive summary 6
Summary 8
World producers 10
Consumption 12
Electronics and appliances 13
Packaging applications 13
Consumer products 14
Building and construction 14
Other 14
Price 14
Trade 15
Introduction 17
Major markets 17
General-purpose polystyrene 17
High-impact polystyrene 18
Industry challenges and trends 18
The rise of integrated styrenics companies 18
Competing in the polystyrene industry 19
Challenges, threats, research, and development opportunities 20
Challenges and threats 20
Research and development opportunities 21
Manufacturing processes 23
Modified mass polymerization or solution polymerization 23
Suspension polymerization 23
Additives 24
Syndiotactic polystyrene 24
Environmental issues 26
Substitution owing to environmental/human health impact concerns 26
Recycling 26
Bans and regulations 26
Supply and demand by region 28
North America 28
Overview 28
Capacity 28
Salient statistics 28
Consumption 29
Trade 31
United States 31
Producing companies 31
Salient statistics 34
Consumption 34
Trade 36
Canada 36
Producing companies 36
Salient statistics 36
Consumption 37
Trade 38
Mexico 38
Producing companies 38
Salient statistics 38
Consumption 39
Trade 40
Central and South America 40
Producing companies 41
Salient statistics 42
Consumption 43
Trade 44
Western Europe 44
Producing companies 44
Salient statistics 46
Consumption 47
Trade 49
Central and Eastern Europe 49
Producing companies 49
Salient statistics 50
Consumption 50
Trade 52
CIS and Baltic States 52
Producing companies 52
Salient statistics 53
Consumption 53
Trade 55
Middle East 55
Producing companies 55
Salient statistics 56
Consumption 56
Trade 58
Africa 58
Producing companies 58
Salient statistics 58
Consumption 59
Trade 61
Indian Subcontinent 61
Producing companies 61
Salient statistics 61
Consumption 62
Trade 64
Northeast Asia 64
Overview 64
Capacity 64
Salient statistics 65
Consumption 65
Trade 67
Mainland China 67
Producing companies 67
Salient statistics 69
Consumption 70
Trade 71
Japan 72
Producing companies 72
Salient statistics 72
Consumption 73
Trade 74
South Korea 74
Producing companies 74
Salient statistics 75
Consumption 76
Trade 77
Taiwan 77
Producing companies 77
Salient statistics 78
Consumption 79
Trade 79
Other Northeast Asia 80
Southeast Asia 81
Producing companies 81
Salient statistics 82
Consumption 82
Trade 84
Appendix 85
Additional resources 86
Revisions 87
Data Workbook 88
Notice 89
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