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Price Reports North America
POLYMER PRICES
North America December 2012: Polyethylene still stable / PP tends upward / PVC and PS take a breather / January cost hikes drive producers‘ calls / Engineering thermoplastics‘ 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
POLYMER PRICES
North America September 2012: Polyethylene prices stagnate amid weak market / Producers raise PP prices slightly / PVC also rising / PS notations topple / Engineering thermoplastics still under pressure
08.10.2012
POLYMER PRICES
North America August 2012: Costs continue to drive polyethylene up / Polypropylene drops amid continued stock clearance sales / PVC bobs along / PS prices race higher / Few impulses for engineering thermoplastics
07.09.2012
POLYMER PRICES
North America July 2012: Feedstock turnaround puts an end to the downward spiral of standard thermoplastics / PE and PS notations tending upwards in August / PP and PVC still stagnant / Engineering plastics remain weak
07.08.2012
POLYMER PRICES
North America June 2012: Polyethylene notations continue to slide / PP in free fall / PVC flagging / Styrenics point down despite stable costs / Engineering thermoplastics headed for summer lull
06.07.2012
POLYMER PRICES
North America May 2012: Polyolefins on a downhill ride / PVC weaker / PS rumbles but holds steady / Engineering plastics also under pressure / ABS in a downswing / PC and PA will deteriorate in Q3
12.06.2012
POLYMER PRICES
North America April 2012: Standard thermoplastics notations stagnate / Subdued demand / Market could shift in buyers' favour / Engineering thermoplastics remain firm
08.05.2012
POLYMER PRICES
North America March 2012: Renewed gains for polyethylene despite weak markets / Restraint for PP sees spot markets thrive / PVC continues to climb / PS cost drive slows / Engineering thermoplastics rising
10.04.2012
POLYMER PRICES
North America February 2012: Rising standard thermoplastics notations / Controversy over PE price hikes amid decreasing costs / C3 and PP take off / Costs drive PS, PVC and engineering thermoplastics
07.03.2012
POLYMER PRICES
North America January 2012: PE and PP hold firm / PVC sees a slight rise / PS follows costs upward / Engineering plastics still moving sideways / C3 cost explosion in February will propel notations upward
09.02.2012
POLYMER PRICES
North America December 2011: Quiet end to the year / Struggles over hikes for indexed PE / PP tending slightly downward / PVC and styrene have bottomed out / Engineering plastics still weak / Benzene makes a comeback in January
06.01.2012
POLYMER PRICES
North America November 2011: PE still stable / PP sees triple-digit fall / PVC still depressed / Styrenics in free fall / Engineering plastics remain under pressure
07.12.2011
POLYMER PRICES
North America October 2011: Polymer markets are increasingly feeling the pressure / PE on a moderate decline / Polypropylene and polystyrene notations cave in / ABS in free fall / RTi reports
08.11.2011
POLYMER PRICES
North America September 2011: PE starts to weaken / PP feeling the pressure / PVC slow despite exports / PS on a downward slide / ABS and PC also weak / PA still holding up / RTi reports
10.10.2011
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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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