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Following the €20/tonne reduction in the ethylene contract price, L/LDPE producers called for a price rollover at the beginning of March to protect their margins from further erosion. However, as the month progressed it was soon evident such calls to hold prices would not be feasible. 1 April 2014
In March, European standard thermoplastic price movements continued to match raw material costs with all product sectors remaining in good balance. The March ethylene contract price dropped €20/tonne to €1,180/tonne as producers continued to pump out large volumes. 1 April 2014
Prices tracked feedstock costs in balanced markets in February. 5 March 2014
In February, standard thermoplastic prices once again mirrored the feedstock cost development with all product sectors in balance. Crude oil and naphtha costs softened slightly during January while the ethylene contract price remained at a relatively high level. 5 March 2014
ABS, polycarbonate and POM prices came under pressure during Q4, while PA, PBT and PMMA prices were rolled over. Material availability was more than adequate. The automotive sector continued to underpin demand for all polymer classes. 5 February 2014
European standard thermoplastic markets began the year with prices pointing firmly in an upward direction. Petrochemical feedstock costs settled at a higher level in January and polymer producers responded by adding a sizeable premium to their price demands in order to shore up their flagging margins. 4 February 2014
Prices increased for all standard thermoplastics in January. 4 February 2014
The changing rules of the polyethylene game will keep resin buyers on their toes in 2014, according to market analyst Mike Burns. 10 January 2014
European producers of standard thermoplastics targeted price increases above the rise in feedstock costs in December in a bid to improve margins. However, a combination of subdued demand and adequate supply meant that prices went up in line with the rise in raw material costs. 6 January 2014
Polyethylene and polypropylene prices increased in December, while others were unchanged. 6 January 2014
Western European standard thermoplastic prices fell in October and November after four months of rising notations. The downward price trend followed a drop in upstream petrochemical costs as a result of the easing of tension over the Syrian conflict. 2 December 2013
Prices for all standard thermoplastics declined in October and November. 2 December 2013
Producers’ profit margins were under pressure in Q3 as most ETP prices were rolled over despite higher feedstock costs. Only ABS showed a slight upward price adjustment. Automotive sector sales provided some relief to usual summer demand lull. 6 November 2013
Prices increased for all standard thermoplastics in September. 5 November 2013
Polymer buyers feared triple-digit price hikes as tension over a possible invasion of Syria led to nervousness and mounting upstream petrochemical costs in early September. When the monthly feedstock contract prices were eventually settled there was some relief at converters that the cost increases were not as steep as first envisaged. But polystyrene's price rise caused some headaches. 5 November 2013


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