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The Polyolefin sector saw the liveliest demand with food packaging sales leading the way. 26 November 2014
The downward trend for standard thermoplastic prices, which began in mid-summer, gathered momentum last month due to falling feedstock costs. Brent crude oil prices have now fallen by nearly 33% from end-July to mid-November.  26 November 2014
Engineering plastic prices stabilise during third quarter as automotive demand cools. Small gains for ABS, polycarbonate and PMMA during the quarter, POM and PBT stable while polyamide prices fall slightly. 30 October 2014
The food packaging and caps and closures sectors posted most positive sales. 21 October 2014
Calmness returned to the European standard thermoplastics sector last month after the turbulence of September. October feedstock contract prices for ethylene, propylene and styrene monomer were all settled on a rollover basis with benzene up slightly (+€6/tonne).  21 October 2014
September prices drifted down as costs tumbled. 1 October 2014
In September, European standard thermoplastic prices continued to drift downward following an across-the-board reduction in feedstock costs. Polymer producers attempted to hang onto as much of the cost reduction as they could in order to bolster their profit margins. Buyers however managed to gain further concessions with prices in all polymer classes, except, polystyrene, falling by less than the cost relief. 1 October 2014
Small price gains are seen for polycarbonate, PA6, POM and PMMA during the second quarter as producers seek to cover rising costs. PA66 and PBT are at a price standstill while ABS prices fall in line with cost mix. 2 September 2014
Plastic producers seek to limit rebates to bolster margins. 1 September 2014
In July, European standard thermoplastic prices continued their upward trend spurred on by rising upstream costs. The conflict in Iraq led to sharp increases in crude oil and naphtha costs, which drove up petrochemical feedstock prices. In addition, cracker outages, capacity cutbacks and limited import volumes restrained supply.  1 September 2014
Polymer prices see modest growth in June with producers planning sizeable price rises over the next few months. 15 July 2014
In June, European standard thermoplastic prices largely continued in an upward direction as petrochemical feedstock prices rallied on geopolitical tensions following the Islamic insurgency in Iraq. Polymer producers announced sizeable planned price increases at the beginning of the month to improve their margins.  15 July 2014
The polysterene sector saw demand weaken during the month of May. 2 June 2014
European standard thermoplastic producers targeted higher prices last month in a bid to improve their unsatisfactory profit margins.While the price trend was upward across the board, producers did not achieve the sizeable increases they had wanted during the first half of the month. 2 June 2014
Small gains are seen for PA6 and POM during first quarter, while ABS prices soften. All other classes remain unchanged. Material availability is good with few supply bottlenecks. Automotive is the liveliest end use sector. 6 May 2014


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