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Colourless to yellowish liquid

Molecular formula

C6H5CH = CH2

Important application sector


  • Polystyrene
  • Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS)
  • Styrene acrylonitrile resins
  • Styrene butadiene copolymer latexes,
  • Styrene butadiene rubber (SBR)
  • Polystyrene mouldings
  • Unsaturated polyester resin
  • Ion exchange resins
  • Miscellaneous including paint

Global Scenario

Global installed capacity

31 million metric tonnes per annum

Global demand

28 million metric tonnes per annum

Major producers

Important global producers include the following :

  • LyondellBasell
  • Ineos Nova
  • Cos-Mar(Joint venture between GE Plastics and Total Petrochemicals).
  • Chevron Phillips Chemical
  • Dow Chemical
  • Shell Chemicals