IBISWorld’s Polystyrene Foam Procurement Research Report helps simplify the purchasing process. This report provides tools such as pricing trends and forecasts, supplier benchmarks and negotiation questions to help you work with internal stakeholders and executives to manage the procurement process for your company. With this information, your company will be able to make credible and knowledgeable decisions regarding purchasing Polystyrene Foam.
doneBenchmark Price
doneRFP/RFQ/Negotiation Questions
done3 Year Price Forecast
doneSupply Chain Analysis
doneSupplier Intelligence
doneSample Buyer Decision Scorecard

Polystyrene Foam - Recent Price Trend

In the three years to 2017, polystyrene product prices have been increasing at an estimated annualized rate of 0.3%, driven by rising demand for market products. Fortunately for buyers, price volatility has been low during this period because high competition has limited the ability of suppliers to drastically raise prices. Low price volatility supports higher buyer power because it enables...


Polystyrene Foam - Total Cost of Ownership

The total cost of ownership (TCO) associated with polystyrene products is medium. TCO is low for buyers that only use polystyrene products one time and then dispose of them, which benefits buyers because it indicates there is no additional cost to maintaining the product. For instance, the type of polystyrene foam that is used to manufacture foam cups, plates and packing material, such as packing...


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About this Report

This report is intended to assist buyers of polystyrene foam, specifically expanded polystyrene foam (EPS foam), which is rigid, tough, closed-cell foam. EPS foam is used to manufacture finished products, such as foam cups and containers, packing materials and building insulation materials. In this report, the term polystyrene products will refer to finished EPS foam products. Key buyers include food and beverage container manufacturers, construction companies and packaging suppliers; the primary supplier types include manufacturers and wholesalers. Many polystyrene foam products are often incorrectly referred to as Styrofoam; Styrofoam is a branded EPS foam and does not refer to all products in the market. Polyurethane foam is excluded from the scope of the report.

Table of Contents

At a Glance

Executive Summary

Price Environment
 Price Fundamentals
  Benchmark Price
  Pricing Model
 Price Drivers
 Input Cost Drivers
 External Demand Drivers
 Recent Price Trend
 Price Forecast

Product Characteristics
 Product Life Cycle
 Total Cost of Ownership
 Product Specialization
 Related Goods
 Subsitute Goods
 Quality Control
Supply Chain & Vendors
 Supply Chain Dynamics
  Supply Chain Risk
  Geographic Locations
 Competitive Environment
  Market Share Concentration
  Vendor Company Types
 Market Profitability
 Switching Cost

Purchasing Process
 Buying Basics
 Buying Lead Time
  Selection Process
  Buying-Decision Scorecard
 Key RFP Elements

Negotiation Questions

Buyer Power Score Components

Jargon & Glossary

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