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North America
POLYMER PRICES
North America May 2018: PP trending up in radical turnaround / PE remains surprisingly stable notwithstanding historic C2 lows / PS and PVC on downtrend / Engineering plastics stable / C3 price explosion coming in June
12.06.2018
POLYMER PRICES
North America April 2018: PE moves sideways / PP underpinned by firm C3 spot price / PVC, PS and ABS affected by weak feedstock prices / PC and PA 6.6 firm / C2-based materials under pressure in May / C3 products firmer
10.05.2018
POLYMER PRICES
North America March 2018: PE remains stable / PP drops steeply in line with propylene / PVC and PS firmer / Upswing with engineering plastics slows down / PA 6.6 remains the exception / Feedstock prices fall in April
12.04.2018
POLYMER PRICES
North America February 2018: PE jumps up surprisingly / PP falls again / PVC and PS climb / Engineering plastics remain on upward trend / Trends to mostly continue into March
14.03.2018
POLYMER PRICES
North America January 2018: PE moves sideways with lively export demand / Signs of a trend turnaround following PP price explosion in January / PVC expected to become firmer / PS moves up / Engineering plastics continue firm
09.02.2018
POLYMER PRICES
North America December 2017: PE situation relaxes / Price explosion for propylene fuels PP price hike / PVC weaker / PS trending up / Engineering plastics also remain solid / Pressure eases somewhat
12.01.2018
POLYMER PRICES
North America November 2017: Price upswing with standard thermoplastics runs out of steam / Engineering plastics see PA 6.6 move up due to ADN shortage / Olefins calmer but significant benzene cost increase will be felt in December
08.12.2017
POLYMER PRICES
North America October 2017: Polyolefins market gradually calms down / PVC prices soften in medium term / Engineering thermoplastics defy upward pressure
10.11.2017
POLYMER PRICES
North America September 2017: Hurricane "Harvey" drives polyolefins up / PS indirectly affected / PVC and engineering thermoplastics able to resist mounting upward pressure
11.10.2017
POLYMER PRICES
North America August 2017: Generally quiet month whirled about by Hurricane "Harvey" / First price rises reported for PE / September likely to see increases across the board / Spot markets lively as prices explode
15.09.2017
POLYMER PRICES
North America July 2017: Polyolefins stable to firm / PVC weaker / PS follows feedstocks down / Engineering thermoplastics face mounting downward pressure
10.08.2017
POLYMER PRICES
North America June 2017: Most standard notations roll over / Majority of engineering thermoplastics stagnate / Downward pressure mounting in July
17.07.2017
POLYMER PRICES
North America May 2017: Sideways tendency predominates with most types / Slight downward trend with PS, more marked with PP / Engineering plastics calmer / Only polyamides continue to gain ground
15.06.2017
POLYMER PRICES
North America April 2017: Rally with standard plastics comes to an end / PE and PVC stagnate / PP and PS drift downwards / Engineering plastics on the up again but turnaround also expected here
09.05.2017
POLYMER PRICES
North America March 2017: Prices rally in a big way / Increases across the board / PP reaches turnaround point / Other commodities also seem to have peaked / Engineering thermoplastics still rising
13.04.2017
POLYMER PRICES
North America February 2017: Widespread price rally also hits North American markets / Significant rises across the board / Styrenics and polyamides climb particularly steeply
10.03.2017
POLYMER PRICES
North America January 2017: PE and PVC remain stable / PP notations rocket in major turnaround / PS and ABS also take off / Plenty of movement with polyamides / Strong upward trend in February
09.02.2017
POLYMER PRICES
North America December 2016: Polyolefins notations slide once again / Cost rise at turn of the year raises pressure / Radical turnaround for propylene chain / Aromatics also rising steeply
11.01.2017
POLYMER PRICES
North America November 2016: Standard thermoplastics notations falling / Peak PE prices capped / PP follows propylene's freefall / PVC and PS also sliding / Engineering thermoplastics mostly stable
07.12.2016
POLYMER PRICES
North America October 2016: Few changes in overall price situation / Solely PS able to gain some ground following feedstock surge / Slight downward correction for PP / With end of year approaching, risk of hikes abates
10.11.2016
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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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