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Concern Stirol stopped PS production for a month on feedstock shortage

November 05/2013

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Concern Stirol (Gorlivka) suspended its polystyrene (PS) production in late October, having stopped its capacities for a month long maintenance works, according to MRC analysts.

The plant was shut down because of the shortage of styrene monomer (SM), the main feedstock. Sources at the company said that the producer has not purchased SM yet. The sources also noted the company is not going to produce PS in November.

The outage of Stirol will enhance the ongoing shortage of expandable polystyrene (EPS) in the first half of November further.
Traders have already reported the deficit of EPS in Ukraine, which is complicated by the shipment disruptions of Russian and European EPS, which is more expensive.

Concern Stirol is the only Ukrainian producer of polystyrene. The company produces expandable polystyrene (EPS), general purpose polystyrene (GPPS) and high impact polystyrene (HIPS). Stirol"s production capacities of HIPS and GPPS are 25,000 tonnes/year. EPS capacities of the plant  are 50,000 tonnes/year.
Author:Anna Larionova
Tags:PS, EPS, GPPS, styrene, HIPS, Concern Stirol, Ukraine.
Category:General News
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