CEH: Expandable Polystyrene Resins

CEH: Expandable Polystyrene

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Jun 2021. Expanded polystyrene (EPS) is a rigid cellular plastic originally invented in Germany by BASF in 1950. EPS is 98% air and the rest is made from tiny, spherical EPS beads—themselves made only of carbon and hydrogen. EPS is among the largest commodity polymers produced in the world and is the second-largest styrene derivative, after polystyrene. It is a solid foam with a unique combination of characteristics, such as lightness, insulation properties, durability, and excellent processability. EPS is used in many applications, such as thermal insulation board in buildings, packaging, cushioning of valuable goods, and food packaging. Expandable polystyrene is a bead that can be produced directly in a one-step process or produced indirectly via polystyrene beads in a two-step process.

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  • Publish Date: 2021-06-30
  • Number of Pages: 84
  • Content Type: Report
  • Delivery: Email with link to PDF file


    • Global and regional supply/demand and five-year forecast
    • North America, Europe, China, Japan coverage
    • Government regulations, trends and strategic issues
    • Prices and operating characteristics
    • Market participants and size by value and volume

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