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Uses and benefits

You may be surprised….

how important products manufactured using styrene are to the quality of your daily life. Taking your morning shower, fixing meals in the kitchen, commuting in your car, working on your computer, and an evening watching television all depend on styrene-based products. As you'll see, most of us encounter and use dozens of products made from styrene during the course of a normal day.

Styrene is a key component in making a variety of important materials, as well as synthetic rubber. Probably the most recognisable material is polystyrene. (more about polystyrene in Europe - in the US) Other materials include acrylonitrile-butadiene styrene (ABS) plastic (more about ABS in Europe - in the US), styrene-acrylonitrile (SAN) plastic (more about SAN), styrene-butadiene rubber (SBR) (more about SBR), and unsaturated polyester resins (more about UPR), more commonly known as fibreglass and two types of foams - extruded polystyrene foam (more about XPS) and expanded polystyrene foam (EPS) (more about EPS foam: in Europe - in the US - in Korea). Most people are familiar with the benefits of polystyrene food service and packaging materials, but styrene is used in so many different ways in so many different products, we can only give you a first impression about them here.

To download the eco-profiles on acrylonitrile-butadiene styrene (ABS), expanded polystyrene (EPS), polystyrene (PS) and Styrene-acrylonitrile (SAN), produced by PlasticsEurope, click here.

To download information on polystyrene as packaging material for the food industry, click here.

Styrene-based materials offer unique characteristics of durability, high performance, versatility of design, simplicity of production, and economy. They can provide excellent hygiene, sanitation, and safety benefits. And many of these products offer very good insulation qualities and the ability to be recycled where collection systems are made availabe, making sound use of our natural resources. In many cases, styrene helps create products that are very unique, and for which there are few effective substitutes. The following is only a sampling to show the tremendous impact styrene has on the things that shape and enhance our daily lives.

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