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Polystyrene

Chemical Economics Handbook

Table of Contents

Section Page Number

Executive summary5
Summary 6
World producer 8
Consumption10
Packaging applications12
Electronics and appliances12
Consumer products13
Building and construction13
Other13
Price13
Trade14
Introduction17
Major markets17
General-purpose polystyrene17
High-impact polystyrene17
Industry challenges and trends18
The rise of integrated styrenics companies18
Challenges, threats, research, and development opportunities20
Challenges and threats20
Research and development opportunities21
Manufacturing processes23
Modified mass polymerization or solution polymerization23
Suspension polymerization23
Additives24
Syndiotactic polystyrene24
Environmental issues25
Substitution due to environmental/human health impact concerns25
Recycling25
Bans and regulations25
Supply and demand by region27
North America27
Capacity27
Salient statistics28
Consumption29
Trade31
United States31
Producing companies31
Salient statistics33
Consumption35
Trade36
Canada37
Producing companies37
Salient statistics37
Consumption37
Trade38
Mexico38
Producing companies38
Salient statistics39
Consumption40
Trade40
South America41
Producing companies41
Salient statistics42
Consumption43
Trade45
Western Europe45
Producing companies45
Salient statistics48
Consumption48
Trade51
Central Europe51
Producing companies51
Salient statistics52
Consumption53
Trade54
CIS and Baltic States55
Producing companies55
Salient statistics56
Consumption56
Trade58
Middle East58
Producing companies58
Salient statistics60
Consumption60
Trade62
Africa62
Producing companies62
Salient statistics63
Consumption63
Trade65
Indian Subcontinent65
Producing companies65
Salient statistics66
Consumption66
Trade67
Northeast Asia67
Producing companies67
Salient statistics68
Consumption68
Trade70
China70
Producing companies70
Salient statistics73
Consumption74
Trade75
Japan75
Producing companies75
Salient statistics76
Consumption77
Trade78
South Korea78
Producing companies78
Salient statistics78
Consumption79
Trade80
Taiwan80
Producing companies80
Salient statistics81
Consumption82
Trade83
Other Northeast Asia 83
Southeast Asia 85
Producing companies 85
Salient statistics 86
Consumption 87
Trade 89
Appendix 90
Bibliography 91
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