08/08/2017

PIE - Polymer Price Reports

Engineering Thermoplastics July 2017

Declining demand removes much of the pressure from possible price hikes / Rollovers dominate the picture / PMMA shoots up and is the exception / Summer lull will hit home in August

In July, the substantial seasonal decline in demand took a great deal of the load off from the long-prevailing upward price pressure with engineering thermoplastics in Europe. The majority of them rolled over. One notable exception was PMMA, where the still extreme bottlenecks in monomer production have now resulted in significant increases. Notations for the commodity-related ABS and PP compound materials declined, following closely on the heels of their respective feedstocks. With ABS, the hefty fall in the price of butadiene made itself particularly felt.

Producers attempted to adjust supply to the summer demand, yet availability still tended to improve in many segments. One reason for this was that, apart from southern Europe, school holidays started in July, and in contrast to previous years, car production in particular shifted quickly and extensively into holiday mode. It seems then that the summer lull this year will be more pronounced.

As a result, rollovers are also likely to dominate the month of August. With PA 6 and POM, there could even be price cuts. PA 6.6 is having difficulty getting to grips with the combination of cost rises, very weak demand and the price pressure with its sister product PA 6. In the case of PBT, too, it will be difficult for producers to adequately factor in the increased BDO costs. PMMA, on the other hand, which is certainly in a unique situation, will presumably rise again significantly.

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