Current Prices, Historical Series and Forecasts in Several Countries
Introduction. Intratec provides General Purpose Polystyrene (GPPS) prices in several countries, as follows:
About Polystyrene. Polystyrene (a.k.a. PS, Thermocol) is a high molecular weight polymer produced from monomer styrene. It has a wide range of applications, being therefore one of the most produced polymers worldwide. The most commercialized form of polystyrene is General Purpose Polystyrene (GPPS). It is a hard, rigid and highly transparent material, with good chemical resistance. It can be easily processed by injection molding, extrusion or thermoforming.
Chemical Formula. (C8H8)n
Commercial Grades. GPPS (General Purpose Polystyrene); HIPS (High Impact Polystyrene); EPS (Expandable Polystyrene).
Uses. As thermoplastics, Polystyrene molding materials, mainly PS and HIPS, are processed by injection molding, extrusion, or thermoforming, in diverse areas of application such as packaging, technical items, household and consumer goods. It is presented below examples of materials made from Polystyrene. * Packing of dairy products and pharmaceuticals * Technical items: housings for television, computers, printers, electrical appliances, sanitary ware. * Household and consumer goods: toys, containers, furniture, disposable tableware. * Other Applications: injection-molded bottle caps, jars, containers, plastic pigments, vacuum-formed box liners.
- Styrene (suspension polymerization).
To know more about Polystyrene production processes, click here.
Derivatives. Polystyrene is used as raw material in the production of sodium polystyrene sulfonate.
Methodology. The chemicals pricing data presented are, if not otherwise indicated, volume-weighted average transaction prices including contract and spot transactions in the locations specified. The information provided is obtained from gathering and refining of trade data officially reported for the respective countries (i.e., governmental agencies, institutions related to foreign trade and industry publications). For further details check our Chemicals Pricing Data Methodology.
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