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Glut of raw materials for plastics and synthetic rubber lowering prices
Plastics News – PET resin prices still soaring; PVC hikes smaller but ambitious

PET prices shot up an average of 8 cents per pound in February and another 5 cents per pound in March for a two-month leap of 13 cents per pound. Producers had been seeking a total of 16 cents for

Plastics News – Some fear exodus from polypropylene, as price rises 17 cents per pound

The 17-cent-per-pound price increase set for Jan. 1 has taken hold in the North American polypropylene market. Regional PP makers have cited tightness in supplies of propylene monomer feedstock as a reason for the massive increase. PP prices in the

The Carbon Benefits of Recycled Materials

The benefits of avoiding extraction and primary processing are usually significant, even when collection, transport and reprocessing of recycled material is taken into account. An increasing range of recycled products are coming onto the market, such as glass, steel, aluminium,

HURRICANE HARVEY DISRUPTS OVER A THIRD OF U.S. CHEMICAL PRODUCTION

NEGOTIATOR’S TAKE: Hurricane Harvey has caused chemical and plastic prices to rise   |   08.28.17 – American Southwest – Recent mega-storm shuts 37% of U.S. chlorine output and 40% of ethylene; price gains have been urgently seen in already tight

NATURAL GAS PRICES ARE NEARING A 9-MONTH HIGH: WHAT’S NEXT?

  NEGOTIATOR’S TAKE: If you buy Natural Gas, plastics, or industrial chemicals, this analysis of the future direction of gas prices is an important read.   06.10.16 – Weekly natural gas suppliers Market intelligence company PointLogic reported that natural gas

U.S. OIL WILL LIKELY SLIDE TO $30

NEGOTIATOR’S TAKE: Lubricants, plastics and transportation are all candidates for price reduction.     Toward prices not seen since the last financial crisis As U.S. oil fell to a six-year low below $41 a barrel on Wednesday, an increasing number

PP, PS PRICES UP – PE, PVC PRICES FLAT

NEGOTIATOR’S TAKE:  Not all plastic feedstocks are up – good information for pushing back against increases for Polyethylene and PVC based products and components An upwards price surge for PS and PP may continue this month, although the driving factors are

KEY TO U.S. ETHYLENE PRICE DROP

NEGOTIATOR’S TAKE:  North American producers have a huge cost advantage for plastic products made from Ethylene.  You might want to re-think sourcing from China. Now that the US has surpassed Saudi Arabia as the top crude oil and natural gas producer,

US ethylene hits 29-month high

Ethylene prices continue to be high in the spot ethylene market because of three ongoing cracker shutdowns and one scheduled shutdown at the end of October. At the beginning of this week, front-month Williams System ethylene traded at 74 cents/lb