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Lifting the lid on China's styrene industry. Why can't it reach its production potential?

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25 May 2015

Lifting the lid on China's styrene industry. Why can't it reach its production potential?

Report summary

The biggest styrene industry in the world is only able to operate at an average capacity utilization in the low-70s percent, having profound implications for China's styrene balance and worldwide monomer trade. What holds it back?

Table of contents

  • Introduction
  • China - the world's most important styrene monomer market
  • China's styrene industry structure
  • Ownership and competitiveness diversify as capacity expands
  • China's unique benzene pricing mechanism has kept swing producers alive
  • Ethylene availability and price are the main constraints on utilisation rates
  • Conclusions

Tables and charts

This report includes 8 images and tables including:

  • Projected Growth in Global Styrene Consumption
  • Number of Chinese Styrene Producers by Scale (KT)
  • China Styrene Industry Integration to Ethylene
  • China Styrene Capacity Growth
  • Average Styrene Plant Capacity in China
  • Structure of Chinese Styrene Industry
  • China Benzene Supply
  • Styrene Cost Comparison, 2014

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