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Price Reports North America
UPDATE - POLYMER PRICES
North America October 2022: Weak demand, high stock levels put prices under pressure / Only PE moves sideways / Rising interest rates depress consumer behaviour / Further price reductions expected in November
09.11.2022
POLYMER PRICES
North America September 2022: Price declines for feedstocks, base polymers, compounds / Cooler economy, rising interest rates slow purchasing / More reductions in October
12.10.2022
POLYMER PRICES
North America August 2022: Polymer prices plummet / Trend turnaround for PS, PA 6 / Falling feedstock costs, weak market base to push prices lower
14.09.2022
POLYMER PRICES
North America July 2022: Most prices decline, but styrene-based thermoplastics see major hikes / Weak demand, full inventories / Benzene market calmer / Price reductions on the cards for August
17.08.2022
POLYMER PRICES
North America June 2022: Many large price reductions, except for styrene-based plastics / Demand slows in view of rising prices and interest rates / Poor prospects for upcoming months
13.07.2022
POLYMER PRICES
North America May 2022: PE, PVC move sideways as PP nosedives / Precarious time for styrene drives up PS, PA 6 / Consumer demand slumps on high inflation / June expected mostly weaker
09.06.2022
POLYMER PRICES
North America April 2022: Reports of significant increases except for polyolefins / Polyamides in particular are picking up / Inflation and rising interest rates are likely to put pressure on demand / Further inflation in May
11.05.2022
POLYMER PRICES
North America March 2022: Growing production costs raise prices / Tensions high / War, logistics and manufacturing issues set to fuel April hikes
08.04.2022
POLYMER PRICES
North America February 2022: Prices in all segments roll over or rise / Situation dominated by logistical problems, shortages of additives and the war / Wide-ranging hikes expected in March
10.03.2022
POLYMER PRICES
North America January 2022: Rollover predominates / Shortage of additives is a problem for compounders / Start of the maintenance season / February likely to see widespread price increases
10.02.2022
POLYMER PRICES
North America December 2021: Rollovers reign / Further reductions for polyolefins / Shortages of compounds expected to lead to January hikes for engineering thermoplastics
12.01.2022
POLYMER PRICES
North America November 2021: Significant reductions with polyolefins / PVC and engineering thermoplastics continue to rise / Shortages with compound materials / Mixed picture for December
08.12.2021
POLYMER PRICES
North America October 2021: Polyolefin markets calmer / PVC unaffected by events in Europe / Engineering thermoplastics move sideways, but situation remains tense
09.11.2021
POLYMER PRICES
North America September 2021: Tension eases with polyolefins and PS / PVC firmer again / C2 production cut after explosion / Shortage of compounds props up engineering thermoplastic prices
07.10.2021
POLYMER PRICES
North America August 2021: Prices mixed despite Hurricane Ida / Production downtimes drive up standard thermoplastics in particular / ABS, PC and polyamides move sideways / Market hopes for a breath of fresh air in September
09.09.2021
POLYMER PRICES
North America July 2021: Prices largely firmer / Exceptions are PVC, PS / Allocations and FMs still common / Price increases more or less set for August
06.08.2021
POLYMER PRICES
North America June 2021: Polyolefin and PVC prices rise again / Pressure eases for styrenics / Most engineering thermoplastics largely firmer / Tight supply situation expected to bring further increases in July
12.07.2021
POLYMER PRICES
North America May 2021: Notations race from one high to the next / Product shortages everywhere / Numerous forces majeures still in place / Benzene price gives reason for hope / Only PS situation likely to improve in June
09.06.2021
POLYMER PRICES
North America April 2021: Mammoth price increases dominate the picture / Converters despair over record costs / Benzene price explodes / High costs and low inventories point to new record demands for May
07.05.2021
POLYMER PRICES
North America March 2021: Prices race from one high to the next / Shortage of material leads to stoppages in processing / Slight easing of the situation with PP / Further increases on the cards for April
09.04.2021
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Energy Cost Surcharges
Please note:
The polymer prices reported by Plastics Information Europe (PIE) already include any energy cost surcharges of the producers and are not listed separately.

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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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