Polystyrene is a thermoplastic polymer, synthesized by polymerization of styrene monomer. Raw materials for styrene synthesis include ethylbenzene and benzene. Polystyrene melts when heated above its melting temperature and becomes rigid when allowed to cool. This property proves beneficial in the manufacture of various components in the construction and electronics industry. Polystyrene can be subjected to use extrusion, molding and vacuum forming techniques to manufacture various components. Expandable polystyrene (EPS) is a type of polystyrene that is expanded with the help of air, and fused together to form blocks.
 
Rising demand from the packaging industry in BRICS countries is anticipated to boost the global polystyrene & EPS market. Increasing demand for polystyrene & EPS from consumer electronics and electronic components is further estimated to drive the global polystyrene & EPS market. However, volatility in prices of raw materials is projected to hamper market growth in the near future. Furthermore, availability of high performance substitutes is likely to act as a major restraining factor for the polystyrene & EPS market. Shift towards recycled polystyrene products is expected to offer high opportunities for players in the market in the next few years.
 
In terms of volume and revenue, the packaging industry emerged as the largest application segment for the global polystyrene & EPS market in 2013. Packaging is anticipated to remain the largest application in the near future. Major end-user industries for packaging application segment include food, retail and consumer goods. Electrical & electronics was the second-largest outlet for polystyrene in 2013 and is estimated to be fastest growing application during the forecast period. 
Capacitors and electronic components constitute the largest portion of the electrical & electronics application segment. Polystyrene & EPS are used in the manufacture of refrigerators, ovens, microwaves, vacuum cleaners, televisions, handheld devices, and IT and telecom equipment. Growth in the consumer electronics industry and increasing use of polystyrene in the manufacture of electronic components is projected to drive the market for polystyrene & EPS. Demand for polystyrene & EPS in building & construction application is likely to be driven by governmental regulations regarding energy conservation in North America and Europe. Polystyrene is primarily used in the insulation of flooring and roofing.
 
China dominated the global polystyrene & EPS market in 2013 in terms of volume and revenue. The country has been experiencing high demand for polystyrene & EPS from packaging and electrical & electronics applications since the past few years. Demand for polystyrene & EPS in China is expected to grow at a rapid pace in the next few years. Major electronics manufacturing companies from Japan are shifting their plants to China due to low production cost and abundant availability of raw materials in the country. Requirement of raw materials such as polystyrene has increased significantly due to the shift of manufacturing bases to China. Demand for polystyrene & EPS in North America is anticipated to experience sluggish growth due to prohibition of polystyrene in food packaging application in the region. The building & construction industry is estimated to be the fastest growing application segment in North America as polystyrene is used in thermal insulation roofing and flooring. Demand for polystyrene & EPS in Europe is projected to increase at a moderate growth rate in the next few years.
 
The global polystyrene & EPS market is highly fragmented; there is no clear leader in the market. Some multinational companies exhibit a high degree of forward integration and develop application-specific polystyrene & EPS products. Key players in the market include S.C. Adeplast S.A., BASF SE, INEOS Styrenics, Kaneka Corporation, Nova Chemicals Corporation, Owens Corning, Total Petrochemicals & Refining USA, and Synthos S.A. 
Chapter 1 Preface
1.1 Market segmentation
       1.1.1 Global polystyrene & EPS market segmentation, by application and region
1.2 Research scope
       1.2.1 Assumptions
1.3 Research methodology
 
Chapter 2 Executive Summary
2.1 Global polystyrene & EPS market, 2013 – 2020 (Kilo Tons) (USD Million)
 
Chapter 3 Polystyrene & EPS Market - Industry Analysis
3.1 Introduction
3.2 Value chain analysis
3.3 Market Drivers
       3.3.1 Packaging industry in BRICS countries propels demand for polystyrene and EPS
                3.3.1.1 BRICS countries packaging industry revenue, 2013 – 2020 (USD Billion)
       3.3.2 Booming consumer electronics industry driving polystyrene & EPS demand
               3.3.2.1 Global consumer electronics industry revenue, 2013 – 2020 (USD Billion)
               3.3.2.2 Thermoplastic polymers in electronic components market volume, 2013 – 2020 (Kilo Tons)
3.4 Restraints
       3.4.1 Raw material price volatility affect the prices and supply of polystyrene and EPS
               3.4.1.1 Benzene price trends, January 2012–June 2013 (USD/Ton)
       3.4.2 Availability of high-performance substitutes such as polyethylene, polypropylene and bio-plastics is hampering growth of the market
               3.4.2.1 Biodegradable plastics volume, 2013 – 2020 (Kilo Tons)
3.5 Opportunities
       3.5.1 Recycled polystyrene products
3.6 Porter’s five forces analysis
       3.6.1 Bargaining power of suppliers
       3.6.2 Bargaining power of buyers
       3.6.3 Threat of new entrants
       3.6.4 Threat from substitutes
       3.6.5 Degree of competition
3.7 Company market share analysis
       3.7.1 Polystyrene and EPS market: Company market share analysis, 2013
3.8 Polystyrene & EPS market: Market attractiveness analysis, by application
       3.8.1 Polystyrene & EPS market: Market attractiveness analysis, by application
 
Chapter 4 Polystyrene & EPS Market - Product Segment Analysis
4.1 Global polystyrene & EPS market: Product segment analysis
       4.1.1 Global polystyrene & EPS market volume share, by product segment, 2013 and 2020
       4.1.2 Polystyrene
               4.1.2.1 Global polystyrene market, 2013 – 2020 (Kilo Tons) (USD Million)
       4.1.3 Expandable polystyrene (EPS)
               4.1.3.1 Global expandable polystyrene market, 2013 – 2020 (Kilo Tons) (USD Million)
 
Chapter 5 Polystyrene & EPS Market -  Application Analysis
5.1 Global Polystyrene & EPS market volume share, by application, 2013 and 2020
5.2 Building & construction
       5.2.1 Global polystyrene & EPS market for building & construction application, 2013 – 2020 (Kilo Tons) (USD Million)
5.3 Electrical & electronics
       5.3.1 Global polystyrene & EPS market for electrical & electronics application, 2013 – 2020 (Kilo Tons) (USD Million)
5.4 Packaging
       5.4.1 Global polystyrene & EPS market for packaging application, 2013 – 2020 (Kilo Tons) (USD Million)
5.5 Others
       5.5.1 Global polystyrene & EPS market for other applications, 2013 – 2020 (Kilo Tons) (USD Million)
 
Chapter 6 Polystyrene & EPS Market - Regional Analysis
6.1 Global Polystyrene & EPS market – Regional Overview
       6.1.1 Global polystyrene & EPS market volume share, by region, 2013 and 2020
6.2 North America
       6.2.1 North America polystyrene & EPS market volume, by product segment, 2013 – 2020 (Kilo Tons)
       6.2.2 North America polystyrene & EPS market revenue, by product segment, 2013 – 2020 (USD Million)
       6.2.3 North America polystyrene & EPS market volume, by application, 2013 – 2020 (Kilo Tons)
       6.2.4 North America polystyrene & EPS market revenue, by application, 2013 – 2020 (USD Million)
6.3 Europe
       6.3.1 Europe polystyrene & EPS market volume, by product segment, 2013 – 2020 (Kilo Tons)
       6.3.2 Europe polystyrene & EPS market revenue, by product segment, 2013 – 2020 (USD Million)
       6.3.3 Europe polystyrene & EPS market volume, by application, 2013 – 2020 (Kilo Tons)       
       6.3.4 Europe polystyrene & EPS market revenue, by application, 2013 – 2020 (USD Million)
6.4 China
       6.4.1 China polystyrene & EPS market volume, by product segment, 2013 – 2020 (Kilo Tons)
       6.4.2 China polystyrene & EPS market revenue, by product segment, 2013 – 2020 (USD Million)
       6.4.3 China polystyrene & EPS market volume, by application, 2013 – 2020 (Kilo Tons)
       6.4.4 China polystyrene & EPS market revenue, by application, 2013 – 2020 (USD Million)
6.5 Rest of Asia Pacific
       6.5.1 Rest of Asia Pacific polystyrene & EPS market volume, by product segment, 2013 – 2020 (Kilo Tons)
       6.5.2 Rest of Asia Pacific polystyrene & EPS market revenue, by product segment, 2013 – 2020 (USD Million)
       6.5.3 Rest of Asia Pacific polystyrene & EPS market volume, by application, 2013 – 2020 (Kilo Tons)
       6.5.4 Rest of Asia Pacific polystyrene & EPS market revenue, by application, 2013 – 2020 (USD Million)
6.6 Rest of the World (ROW)
       6.6.1 RoW polystyrene & EPS market volume, by product segment, 2013 – 2020 (Kilo Tons)
       6.6.2 RoW polystyrene & EPS market revenue, by product segment, 2013 – 2020 (USD Million)
       6.6.3 RoW polystyrene & EPS market volume, by application, 2013 – 2020 (Kilo Tons)
       6.6.4 RoW polystyrene & EPS market revenue, by application, 2013 – 2020 (USD Million)
 
Chapter 7 Company Profiles
7.1 S.C. Adeplast S.A.
       7.1.1 Company overview
       7.1.2 Product portfolio
       7.1.3 Business strategy
       7.1.4 SWOT analysis
       7.1.5 Recent developments
7.2 BASF SE
       7.2.1 Company overview
       7.2.2 Product portfolio
       7.2.3 Financial overview
       7.2.4 Business strategy
       7.2.5 SWOT analysis
       7.2.6 Recent developments
7.3 INEOS Styrenics
       7.3.1 Company overview
       7.3.2 Product portfolio
       7.3.3 Financial overview
       7.3.4 Business strategy
       7.3.5 SWOT analysis
       7.3.6 Recent developments
7.4 Kaneka Corporation
       7.4.1 Company overview
       7.4.2 Product portfolio
       7.4.3 Financial overview
       7.4.4 Business strategy
       7.4.5 SWOT analysis
       7.4.6 Recent developments
7.5 Nova Chemicals Corporation
       7.5.1 Company overview
       7.5.2 Financial overview
       7.5.3 Business strategy
       7.5.4 SWOT analysis
       7.5.5 Recent developments
7.6 Owens Corning
       7.6.1 Company overview
       7.6.2 Financial overview
       7.6.3 Business strategy
       7.6.4 SWOT analysis
7.7 Total Petrochemicals & Refining USA, Inc.
       7.7.1 Company overview
       7.7.2 Financial overview
       7.7.3 Business strategy
       7.7.4 SWOT analysis
       7.7.5 Recent developments
7.8 Synthos S.A.
       7.8.1 Company overview
       7.8.2 Product portfolio
       7.8.3 Financial overview
       7.8.4 Business strategy
       7.8.5 SWOT analysis
       7.8.6 Recent developments
7.9 Versalis S.p.A.
       7.9.1 Company overview
       7.9.2 Financial overview
       7.9.3 Business strategy
       7.9.4 SWOT analysis
       7.9.5 Recent developments
7.10 Sunpor Kunststoff GmbH
       7.10.1 Company overview
       7.10.2 Product portfolio
       7.10.3 Financial overview
       7.10.4 Business strategy
       7.10.5 SWOT analysis
       7.10.6 Recent developments
List of Tables 
 
TABLE 1 Drivers for the Polystyrene & EPS market: Impact analysis
TABLE 2 Restraints for the polystyrene & EPS market: Impact analysis
TABLE 3 North America polystyrene & EPS market volume, by product segment, 2013 – 2020 (Kilo Tons)
TABLE 4 North America polystyrene & EPS market revenue, by product segment, 2013 – 2020 (USD Million)
TABLE 5 North America polystyrene & EPS market volume, by application, 2013 – 2020 (Kilo Tons)
TABLE 6 North America polystyrene & EPS market revenue, by application, 2013 – 2020 (USD Million)
TABLE 7 Europe polystyrene & EPS market volume, by product segment, 2013 – 2020 (Kilo Tons)
TABLE 8 Europe polystyrene & EPS market revenue, by product segment, 2013 – 2020 (USD Million)
TABLE 9 Europe polystyrene & EPS market volume, by application, 2013 – 2020 (Kilo Tons)
TABLE 10 Europe polystyrene & EPS market revenue, by application, 2013 – 2020 (USD Million)
TABLE 11 China polystyrene & EPS market volume, by product segment, 2013 – 2020 (Kilo Tons)
TABLE 12 China polystyrene & EPS market revenue, by product segment, 2013 – 2020 (USD Million)
TABLE 13 China polystyrene & EPS market volume, by application, 2013 – 2020 (Kilo Tons)
TABLE 14 China polystyrene & EPS market revenue, by application, 2013 – 2020 (USD Million)
TABLE 15 Rest of Asia Pacific polystyrene & EPS market volume, by product segment, 2013 – 2020 (Kilo Tons)
TABLE 16 Rest of Asia Pacific polystyrene & EPS market revenue, by product segment, 2013 – 2020 (USD Million)
TABLE 17 Rest of Asia Pacific polystyrene & EPS market volume, by application, 2013 – 2020 (Kilo Tons)
TABLE 18 Rest of Asia Pacific polystyrene & EPS market revenue, by application, 2013 – 2020 (USD Million)
TABLE 19 RoW polystyrene & EPS market volume, by product segment, 2013 – 2020 (Kilo Tons)
TABLE 20 RoW polystyrene & EPS market revenue, by product segment, 2013 – 2020 (USD Million)
TABLE 21 RoW polystyrene & EPS market volume, by application, 2013 – 2020 (Kilo Tons)
TABLE 22 RoW polystyrene & EPS market revenue, by application, 2013 – 2020 (USD Million)

List of Figures 

 

FIG. 1 Global polystyrene & EPS market segmentation, by product, application and region

FIG. 2 Global polystyrene & EPS market, 2013 – 2020 (Kilo Tons) (USD Million)

FIG. 3 Polystyrene & EPS: Value chain analysis

FIG. 4 BRICS countries packaging industry revenue, 2013 – 2020 (USD Billion)

FIG. 5 Global consumer electronics industry revenue, 2013 – 2020 (USD Billion)

FIG. 6 Thermoplastic polymers in electronic components market volume, 2013 –  2020  (Kilo Tons)

FIG. 7 Benzene price trends, January 2012–June 2013 (USD/Ton)

FIG. 8 Biodegradable plastics volume, 2013 – 2020 (Kilo Tons)

FIG. 9 Porter’s five forces analysis

FIG. 10 Polystyrene and EPS market: Company market share analysis, 2013

FIG. 11 Polystyrene & EPS market: Market attractiveness analysis, by application

FIG. 12 Global polystyrene & EPS market volume share, by product segment, 2013 and 2020

FIG. 13 Global polystyrene market, 2013 – 2020 (Kilo Tons) (USD Million)

FIG. 14 Global expandable polystyrene market, 2013 – 2020 (Kilo Tons) (USD Million)

FIG. 15 Global polystyrene & EPS market volume share, by application, 2013 and 2020

FIG. 16 Global polystyrene & EPS market for building & construction application, 2013 – 2020 (Kilo Tons) (USD Million)

FIG. 17 Global polystyrene & EPS market for electrical & electronics application, 2013 – 2020 (Kilo Tons) (USD Million)

FIG. 18 Global polystyrene & EPS market for packaging application, 2013 – 2020 (Kilo Tons) (USD Million)

FIG. 19 Global polystyrene & EPS market for other applications, 2013 – 2020 (Kilo Tons) (USD Million)

FIG. 20 Global polystyrene & EPS market volume share, by region, 2013 and 2020

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