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Polystyrene

Chemical Economics Handbook

Table of Contents

Section Page Number

Executive summary6
Summary 8
World producer 10
Consumption12
Packaging applications13
Electronics and appliances13
Consumer products14
Building and construction14
Other14
Price14
Trade15
Introduction17
Major markets17
General-purpose polystyrene17
High-impact polystyrene18
Industry challenges and trends18
The rise of integrated styrenics companies18
Competing in the polystyrene industry20
Challenges, threats, research, and development opportunities20
Challenges and threats21
Research and development opportunities22
Manufacturing processes24
Modified mass polymerization or solution polymerization24
Suspension polymerization24
Additives25
Syndiotactic polystyrene25
Environmental issues27
Substitution due to environmental/human health impact concerns27
Recycling27
Bans and regulations27
Supply and demand by region29
North America29
Capacity29
Salient statistics29
Consumption30
Trade31
United States32
Producing companies32
Salient statistics34
Consumption35
Trade36
Canada36
Producing companies36
Salient statistics36
Consumption37
Trade38
Mexico38
Producing companies38
Salient statistics38
Consumption39
Trade40
South America40
Producing companies40
Salient statistics42
Consumption43
Trade44
Western Europe44
Producing companies44
Salient statistics47
Consumption47
Trade49
Central Europe49
Producing companies49
Salient statistics50
Consumption50
Trade51
CIS and Baltic States52
Producing companies52
Salient statistics52
Consumption53
Trade54
Middle East54
Producing companies54
Salient statistics55
Consumption56
Trade56
Africa57
Producing companies57
Salient statistics57
Consumption58
Trade58
Indian Subcontinent58
Producing companies58
Salient statistics59
Consumption60
Trade62
Northeast Asia62
Producing companies62
Salient statistics62
Consumption63
Trade64
China64
Producing companies64
Salient statistics66
Consumption67
Trade68
Japan69
Producing companies69
Salient statistics69
Consumption70
Trade71
South Korea71
Producing companies71
Salient statistics72
Consumption72
Trade73
Taiwan73
Producing companies73
Salient statistics74
Consumption75
Trade75
Other Northeast Asia 76
Southeast Asia 77
Producing companies 77
Salient statistics 79
Consumption 80
Trade 81
Appendix 82
Additional resources83
Revisions85
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