Global petrochemical prices in freefall

Chemicals , Plastics Jun 15, 2012 No Comments

Petrochemical plantGlobal petrochemical prices fell by 11% in May, their biggest month-on-month drop since November 2008, when the worldwide economic crisis became an accepted and painful reality.

Prices in the $3-trillion-plus global petrochemicals market averaged $1279/tonne in May, plummeting by $165/tonne according to the Platts Global Petrochemical Index (PGPI), a benchmark basket of seven widely used petrochemicals.

Platts noted that all seven components of the PGPI were lower in May, with propylene and ethylene experiencing the largest losses (17% each).

The top two plastics in terms of consumption, which are also products of ethylene and propylene, polypropylene and polyethylene, were down 9% and 8%, respectively.

The global aromatics markets posted the most shallow declines, with toluene and paraxylene both falling 4%. The global benzene index was down 2%.

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