PIE - Polymer Price Reports

Engineering Thermoplastics August 2016

Downward pressure on PC and PA 6 unabated / PA 6.6, PBT and POM stabilise / PMMA points higher / Trends continue / Automotive weak

In August 2016, the European market for engineering thermoplastics saw the return of the recently absent summer lull to Europe, with demand substantially weaker in the key summer holiday month. The relatively well supplied PC and PA 6 markets saw clearance sales spearheaded by "despecified” top-of-the-line products, and this hit regrind especially hard - see PIEWeb of 22.08.2016. The most basic virgin grades of these two polymers saw prices slip in monthly trading at distributors and traders. A similar picture was seen for the near-commodity ABS - see PIEWeb of 05.09.2016 - as well as PP compounds - see PIEWeb of 05.09.2016. All other polymer types covered by PIE remained stable, with PMMA even seeing upward pressure.

For September, the recent trends seen for the classic engineering thermoplastics are forecast to continue. While demand of consequence will pick up, many players who supply the very important automotive chain have more than a few doubts about the economic outlook for the end market. OEM suppliers can expect to see very little tailwind. One consolation is that the E&E sector is holding up rather well. Under the influence of problems higher up in the production chain, PMMA could be pulled upward.

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