Recent Polymer Price Reports
Polyethylene July 2020
Price hikes match rise in costs / Negotiating fronts harden / Some large customers think the agreed annual volumes will not be achieved / Plastics tax creates uncertainty
Polypropylene July 2020
Most of the feedstock hike passed on / Producers rarely improve margins / Auto horizon slightly brighter / Increases unlikely in August
Styrenics July 2020
Hikes mostly remain below the cost transfer / Demand is much reduced / Maintenance plans could lead to allocations / Slight price increases in August
PET July 2020
Firming of notations / Demand still weak from coronavirus crisis / Momentum from hygiene segment not enough to compensate / Bleak outlook due to indications of second Covid wave
Base petrochemicals, aromatics and feedstocks
July/August 2020
PVC July 2020
Ethylene hike provides a lift / Strong demand for profiles plus production cutbacks triggers small supply shortages / Additional volumes not generally available
Polyurethane feedstocks July 2020
Broad upward trend / TDI soars / Demand unusually strong for holiday season / Output cuts now largely in the past
Engineering recyclate July 2020
Further price cuts with polyamide 6 and polyamide 6.6 GF / Notations otherwise stable / Demand continues weak / Regrinders to aim for small price hikes in August
Standard recyclate July 2020
Prices stabilise further / Decreases only with rPET and rHDPE blow moulding grades / Demand improves slightly / Holiday season to dampen demand in August
China engineering thermoplastics June 2020
Domestic prices move sideways or upwards / Recovery of demand continues / PA 6.6, PMMA and PBT notations could decline in July
China standard thermoplastics June 2020
Notations head upwards for all grades / PVC skyrockets / Demand recovering but supply generally short / Higher crude oil prices / July to see supply improve
North America June 2020
Export business props up PP prices / PP and PVC bottom out / Engineering plastics tread water / Higher feedstock prices / Uncertainty in July in view of infection developments
Standard thermoplastics trend July 2020
Notations rising / Price hikes often exceed feedstock cost increases / Demand restrained as a result / Imports boost supply
Russia June 2020
Notations rise moderately for PE, PP and PVC / PET grades at record low due to continued restrictions / Price increases for PVC expected in July
Composites/GRP June 2020
Resins lose some ground and may bottom out in July / Market quieter / Most glass fibre products unchanged
Engineering thermoplastics June 2020
Prices fall to near-record lows / Producers fight plummeting prices with little success / Demand livelier but still weak / Automotive gives a glimmer of hope
Producers announcements
Upcoming publication dates
Petrochemical Feedstocks/Aromatics
Standard Thermoplastics
Engineering Thermoplastics
Polyurethane feedstocks
Standard Recyclate
Engineering Recyclate
Standard Thermoplastics Trend
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