Current Prices, Historical Series and Forecasts in Several Countries
Introduction. Intratec provides Styrene prices in several countries, as follows:
About Styrene. Styrene (a.k.a. Vinylbenzene, Ethenylbenzene, Phenylethene) is an organic compound, the simplest monomer in the aromatic hydrocarbon class. It is a colorless, oily liquid, with aromatic odor, insoluble in water, but soluble in most organic compounds. It was first isolated in the nineteenth century; however, it only began being industrially commercialized in the 1930s, with the development of the dehydrogenation process, which allowed for styrene’s polymerization. Currently, styrene is one of the most important aromatic members, being by far the most commercialized.
Chemical Formula. C8H8
Commercial Grades. Technical grade (min. 99.2% purity); polymer grade (min. 99.6% purity)
Uses. Styrene is mainly employed as: monomer to produce polymer such as SBR, ABS, SAN and SB; alkyd/epoxy ester resin modifier; cast resins; reactive diluent (unsaturated polyester resins).
- Ethylbenzene (dehydrogenation)
- Ethylbenzene + oxygen (Arco SM-PO process, coproduced with propylene oxide)
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Derivatives. Styrene is used as raw material in the production of the following derivates: acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene copolymers; acrylic resins; acrylonitrile-(ethylene-propylene-diene)-styrene copolymers; acrylonitrile-styrene-acrylate copolymers; polystyrene; vinylbenzyl chloride; vinyl ester resins; vinylpyridine copolymers.
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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