July 2002

Trends and Resources

HP Impact: Strong growth forecast for styrenic resins

Worldwide demand for rigid styrenic polymers (including polystyrene, ABS, SAN and various specialties) amounted to about 16.5 million metric tons (MMton) in 2001. So estimates global consulting compan..

Weirauch, Wendy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Worldwide demand for rigid styrenic polymers (including polystyrene, ABS, SAN and various specialties) amounted to about 16.5 million metric tons (MMton) in 2001. So estimates global consulting company Phillip Townsend Associates (www.ptai.com). The specialties segment comprises approximately 1.4 MMton (8.5%) of this total. According to a new report from PTAI, strong growth rates are forecast for those specialty styrenic resins offering both toughness and transparency. Dr. David Durand, PTAI's director of consulting, says, "Among the specialty copolymers and terpolymers, high styrenic styrene-butadiene block copolymers account for the largest volume, about 225 thousand tons." He also forec

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