Ouch! Price hikes aplenty


It is hardly a complete list as there no doubt are more price hikes, announced and unannounced, that we may have overlooked, or ones still to be announced. Here, though, is a roundup of at least some of the announced price increases for plastics. Even if your material isn't mentioned, the trend is broad-based and clear as polycarbonate: prices will rise.

BASF (Ludwigshafen, Germany) raised prices for different plastics in its styrenic copolymer product range in Europe and in all regions supplied from Europe, effective April 1, 2010, or as contracts allow. The price increases amount to €200/tonne for Terluran ABS, €175/tonne for Styrolux SBC and €150/tonne for Luran SAN.

DSM Engineering Plastics (Evansville, IN) increased prices in North America for Akulon polyamide 6 extrusion grades by $0.09/lb. This increase took effect as of March 30, 2010.

Ticona (Florence, KY) announced a 10% price increase in North America and South America for POM (its Hostaform and Celcon brands) and PBT (Celanex PBT, Vandar PBT, Impet PET and Riteflex TPC-ET) with that increase effective with all shipments beginning on April 15 or as contracts allow.
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