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Price Reports North America
POLYMER PRICES
North America April 2015: PP takes another plunge / PE and PVC tread water / PS rises considerably / Export options improve / PE likely to rise in May / Engineering thermoplastics oscillate
08.05.2015
POLYMER PRICES
North America March 2015: PE and PS bottom out / PP oscillates amid good C3 availability / PVC in unsustainable upwards trend / ABS and PC price erosion largely stopped / PA remains under pressure
09.04.2015
POLYMER PRICES
North America February 2015: Polyethylene takes another huge plunge / Other standard thermoplastics bottom out / Still some downward potential for engineering thermoplastics
09.03.2015
POLYMER PRICES
North America January 2015: Notations continue to slide / Feedstock declines impact developments across the entire chain / PP and PS plummet / Engineering thermoplastics follow benzene's downtrend
06.02.2015
POLYMER PRICES
North America December 2014: Polyethylene recedes again / Polypropylene in free fall / PS and PVC still weak / Engineering thermoplastics continue to crumble / Downward trend in January, too
08.01.2015
POLYMER PRICES
North America November 2014: Notations erode across a broad front / Declining feedstock costs take polymers down / Additional significant corrections expected in December and January
10.12.2014
POLYMER PRICES
North America October 2014: Olefin chains have reached their peak / Decline in global oil price pressures US notations / PE exports becoming more difficult / Aromatic derivatives already pointing down
12.11.2014
POLYMER PRICES
North America September 2014: Ethylene drives up PE and PVC / PP still stable but trending higher / Relaxation on the aromatics front takes PS down / Engineering thermoplastics under pressure
08.10.2014
POLYMER PRICES
North America August 2014: PE contract notations still stable / C2 increasingly tight and expensive / PP surges / PVC and PS hold steady / Engineering thermoplastics stagnate / Benzene drives upward trend
08.09.2014
POLYMER PRICES
North America July 2014: PE and PS up / PP bottoms out / Engineering plastics show no significant change
12.08.2014
POLYMER PRICES
North America June 2014: PE stable / PP bottoms out / PVC and PS slightly weaker / Engineering thermoplastics treading water
10.07.2014
POLYMER PRICES
North America May 2014: Very little movement / PE notations stable / PP down slightly / PVC still holding up / PS follows downward cost drive / Engineering thermoplastics notations appear set in stone
06.06.2014
POLYMER PRICES
North America April 2014: Price-hike phase has ended / PE and PVC stagnate / PP and PS down / All signs point to further declines / Engineering thermoplastics market remains oversupplied
08.05.2014
POLYMER PRICES
North America March 2014: Polyethylene continues to move sideways / Polypropylene still losing steam / PVC proceeds to climb / PS takes a breather at a high altitude / Engineering thermoplastics notations remain depressed
07.04.2014
POLYMER PRICES
North America February 2014: Polyethylene surges / PP tumbles from its high / Tight market drives PVC notations / Engineering thermoplastics continue to tread water
11.03.2014
POLYMER PRICES
North America January 2014: Polyethylene notations roll over / PP continues its steep rise / PVC pointing up, too / PS takes a huge leap / High benzene prices pressure engineering thermoplastics
10.02.2014
POLYMER PRICES
North America December 2013: PE slithers sideways into the New Year / PP continues climbing / Monomer's firming sweeps PS higher / Engineering thermoplastics still quiet
20.01.2014
POLYMER PRICES
North America November 2013: PE and PVC move sideways / PP prices drop again but end to declines in sight / PS downward trend over / PET still weak / No momentum on the engineering thermoplastics front
11.12.2013
POLYMER PRICES
North America October 2013: Most grades point down / PE stable / PP follows declining feedstock prices / PVC also dropping / Polystyrene the sole exception to the rule / Engineering thermoplastics start to cave in
08.11.2013
POLYMER PRICES
North America September 2013: Price increases for PE and PS / PP and PVC roll over / Tight market may drive PE up again in October / Downward trend dominates / Engineering thermoplastics continue sluggish
10.10.2013
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Notes on these reports
North American polymer trade in many ways reflects the way business is conducted in Europe, with most polymer prices settled in monthly contracts. The cost of larger volumes is directly negotiated between producers and processors, while smaller lots change hands in spot deals via distributors and traders (also known as the “secondary market”). The North American equivalent of Europe’s silos are “railcars”, illustrating the preference towards rail transportation.

PIE’s North American polymer price data is sourced from its US cooperation partner RTi (Fort Worth, Texas), a seasoned expert with detailed knowledge of the continent’s polymer markets. All information is based on actual transaction terms.
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