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POLYMER PRICES
North America December 2022: Widespread reductions / Good availability coincides with disinclination to buy / The many short-term production outages due to winter storms have little effect on prices / Weak start to the year
11.01.2023
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 August 2022: Polymer prices plummet / Trend turnaround for PS, PA 6 / Falling feedstock costs, weak market base to push prices lower
14.09.2022
WESTLAKE
US resin maker with record results / Acquisitions, high prices provide impetus
10.08.2022
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
WESTLAKE VINNOLIT
New name for German PVC maker / Westlake standardises branding
23.05.2022
WESTLAKE
Another explosion during maintenance work in Lake Charles / Six workers hurt / Production likely unaffected
28.01.2022
WESTLAKE
USD 1.2 bn offer for Hexion coatings, composites ops / Materials used in wind turbine blades, car components
07.12.2021
WESTLAKE
Vinnolit launches lower-carbon “GreenVin” PVC / Second such product in 2021
23.11.2021
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
WESTLAKE
Explosion near Louisiana ethane cracker / Six injured / Cause unclear
30.09.2021
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
USA
Hurricane Ida makes landfall near New Orleans / Petrochemical plants shut down, ports closed
30.08.2021
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
WESTLAKE
Acquisition of North American PVC business from Boral / Extension of the value chain
23.06.2021
POLYMER PRICES
North America February 2021: Dramatic shortages spark price explosion / Winter storms on Gulf of Mexico bring production to standstill / Producers often unable to meet demand / Relief unlikely
10.03.2021
ORBIA
PVC unit said to be up for sale / Reports of advanced talks with US investment group Apollo
12.01.2021
POLYMER PRICES
North America November 2020: Prices stable to firmer / PE and PVC cool down / PP still rising / High feedstock costs push up styrenics / Further increases expected
15.12.2020
POLYMER PRICES
North America October 2020: Prices ease except for PVC and ABS / Production recovers from hurricane damage / Widespread inventory-building / Little fresh stimulus expected in November
12.11.2020
USA
Hurricane Zeta brings further devastation to the US Gulf Coast / Some damage to polymerisation lines
03.11.2020
USA
Petrochemical industry recovering from Hurricane Delta / First plants restart / Forces majeures still in effect
19.10.2020
POLYMER PRICES
North America September 2020: Price explosion in polyolefins, PVC, ABS and PA 6 / Hurricanes drive up prices / PS, PC and PA 6.6 more relaxed / Situation expected to calm down in October with the exception of PE
15.10.2020
USA
Power supply instability delays restart of US polymer production after storms / Normalisation in the second half of October at the earliest / Shortages for PE, PVC and PC / Worst hurricane season since 2005
01.10.2020
POLYMER PRICES
North America August 2020: Season's first hurricane triggers pronounced hikes for polyolefins and PVC / Engineering plastics predominantly firmer / Restart of polymer production will determine September prices
15.09.2020
USA
Chemicals and plastics production mostly not directly affected by Hurricane “Laura” / Nevertheless severe capacity losses / Infrastructure damage leads to numerous forces majeures
03.09.2020
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