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PS demand to fall in 2013

1:30 PM MDT | June 3, 2013 | ­—Francinia Protti-Alvarez

Global polystyrene (PS) demand is expected to be lower in 2013 compared with 2102, according to the latest IHS Chemical Market Advisory Service: Global Plastics & Polymers report. High feedstock and conversion costs are resulting in converters substituting PS with other plastics, including polyethylene terephthalate (PET), polypropylene (PP), and acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS), the report says. PS demand in Western Europe is expected to be 5% lower during 2013, and similar trends are occurring in Eastern Europe. European PS producers are faced with...

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