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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
In April whilst the price trend pointed upward, most producers fell short of achieving the price hikes they originally wanted. 1 May 2014
European standard thermoplastic producers targeted price increases ahead of the change in feedstock costs last month in a bid to improve their profit margins. While the price trend is pointing upward, producers mostly fell short of achieving the price hikes they originally wanted. 1 May 2014
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


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