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Price Reports North America
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
POLYMER PRICES
North America July/August 2013: PE and PVC in deep summer lull / PP shifts sideways after rally / PS dips in July / Well-supplied market pressures engineering grades
10.09.2013
POLYMER PRICES
North America June 2013: Polyolefins point slightly upward / PC and PS weak but stable / Engineering thermoplastics still sluggish / Little momentum in the market
10.07.2013
POLYMER PRICES
North America May 2013: PE market caught in a rollover / Rate of decline for PP and PVC slows / PS bounces back / Engineering thermoplastics still weak
11.06.2013
POLYMER PRICES
North America April 2013: PE sideways after March rise / PP follows steep monomer dive / PVC sideways / PS crumbles on slight pressure / Engineering still subdued
13.05.2013
POLYMER PRICES
North America March 2013: Producers manage to hike PE notations / January price escapade cripples PE sales as notations continue to fall / PVC drive starts to slow / PS still stable / Engineering thermoplastics continue to tread water
08.04.2013
POLYMER PRICES
North America February 2013: PE moving sideways / PP contracts continue to rise despite spot market turnaround / PVC pointing upwards / PS receding again / Engineering thermoplastics mostly subdued despite cost pressure
08.03.2013
POLYMER PRICES
North America January 2013: Polyethylene prices rise considerably / Polypropylene notations explode / Benzene drives styrenics higher / PVC firm / Polycarbonate prices start to wobble / All quiet on the polyamide front
07.02.2013
POLYMER PRICES
North America: Propylene contract notations rising rapidly / PP spot prices follow the upward trend
25.01.2013
POLYMER PRICES
North America December 2012: Polyethylene still stable / PP tends upward / PVC and PS take a breather / January cost hikes drive producersā€˜ calls / Engineering thermoplasticsā€˜ demand still poor
08.01.2013
POLYMER PRICES
North America November 2012: Polyethylene prices tending down / PP on the rise / PVC drive comes to a halt / Benzene pushes polystyrene up / Engineering thermoplastics stagnant despite high costs
07.12.2012
POLYMER PRICES
North America October 2012: Polyethylene prices float sideways / PP and PVC continue to climb / PS makes another u-turn towards higher spheres / Subdued engineering thermoplastics market
07.11.2012
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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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