Rising monomer prices and strong export demand helped lift prices of all commodity resins as well as some engineering, thermoset, and foam materials. PE prices upPolyethylene prices moved up last month as suppliers pushed to implement Nov. 1 increases of 5¢/lb.

Rising monomer prices and strong export demand helped lift prices of all commodity resins as well as some engineering, thermoset, and foam materials.

 

PE prices up

Polyethylene prices moved up last month as suppliers pushed to implement Nov. 1 increases of 5¢/lb. The total rise in PE resin tabs so far this year is 19-21¢/lb (the higher end for hexene and octene LLDPE). Also on the table: a 6¢/lb hike for Dec. 1 (moved from Nov. 15) and 5¢ for Dec. 15. Meanwhile, the London Metal Exchange (LME) short-term North American futures contract for December in blown film butene LLDPE was 60.8¢, up from November’s 57.3¢/lb.

Contributing factors: Domestic PE demand has been low and exports—this year’s saving grace for domestic PE suppliers—are turning a bit softer. Monomer price is what’s driving up PE tabs. October ethylene contracts rose 5¢, bringing them to 57.5¢/lb, and November contracts were liable to rise 8¢ to 10¢/lb. Planned and unplanned production disruptions plus strong export demand resulted in record low ethylene inventories in the third quarter. Moreover, ethane, the feedstock for ethylene, was selling at a record high of $1.07/gal last month compared with a more typical 60¢/gal.

 

PP prices up, too

Polypropylene prices were moving up at least 7¢/lb last month as suppliers aimed to implement Oct. 1 hikes of 3¢ to 4¢/lb along with the Nov. 1 increase of 6¢/lb. LME’s North American December futures for g-p injection-grade homopolymer sold at 64.6¢/lb, up from November’s 59.3¢.

Contributing factors: Propylene monomer prices are driving the resin moves, as monomer contracts rose 3¢ in October to 56.75¢/lb. November contract bids were up a whopping 7.25¢/lb. Resin suppliers attribute these record monomer increases to higher crude oil prices and reduced monomer supplies caused by third-quarter production outages and shifts to use of lighter feedstocks.

Domestic demand is slow, as processors work off inventories during a seasonal slowdown. Says Lowell Huovinen, v.p. of client services at RTI, “Processors are shutting down some production lines because they simply cannot push through these price increases to their customers.”

According to Huovinen, U.S. PP prices continue to be attractive for export to Europe and Central America, but demand abroad is slowing, particularly in Europe, where plants are recovering from unplanned outages. PP exports to China have also fallen as China buys material from more convenient Pacific Rim sources. If exports do not rebound, monomer and resin prices will have to fall, says Huovinen.

 

PVC makers asking 6¢ more

PVC resin producers were all trying for a 6¢ hike last month on top of a 2¢ increase for October. Processors expect the indexes on which many PVC contracts are based to post a slightly lower increase of 4¢ to 5¢.

Contributing factors: The big cost driver is ethylene feedstock, expected to go up 6¢ to 7¢/lb last month. Ethylene is half the cost of PVC. Domestic PVC demand is weak, but exports are strong because of the weak dollar.

 

PS expected to rise 2¢

Polystyrene resin producers initially asked for a 4¢/lb hike in November, on top of a 3¢ increase in October But Total and Ineos capped the hike with a TVA of 2¢.

Contributing factors: Ethylene feedstock is the driving factor, as noted above for PVC. October PS demand was up 5.9% over September levels, but was still down 4.8% for the year to date and was facing further seasonal slowing.

Other increases

  • Bayer MaterialScience raised polycarbonate 9¢/lb on Nov. 15.
  • DSM Engineering Plastics hiked PBT 12¢ and copolyester TPEs 15¢/lb on Dec. 1.
  • BASF increased ABS, SAN, ASA, and ABS/nylon by 4¢ to 5¢/lb Nov. 1.
  • AOC hiked unsaturated polyesters, vinyl esters, gel coats, and additives 4¢/lb on Dec. 3 while Reichhold announced an 8¢ hike for Dec. 17.
  • Dow increased prices for urethane polyols by 8¢ to 11¢/lb on Dec. 1, while pure MDI went up 10¢/lb. 

 

Market Prices Effective Mid-Nov A
 
 RESIN GRADEb¢/LB¢/CU INc 

 ABS 

  

  
 
 MED IMPACT   84 - 95     3.2 - 3.6    
 HI IMPACT   89 - 125     3.3 - 4.7    
 X-HI IMPACT   99 - 140     3.7 - 5.3    
 HI HEAT   89 - 110     3.3 - 3.8    
 PIPE   89 - 100     3.7 - 3.8    
 SHEET   94 - 110     3.5 - 4.2    
 TRANSPARENT   129 - 200     5.6 - 8.8    
 FITTINGS   89 - 110     3.5 - 4.3    
 PLATING   160     6.0    
 FLAME RET   124 - 140     4.6 - 5.9    
 STRUCT FM   87 - 97     3.2 - 4.3    
 10% GLASS   129 - 140     4.8 - 5.6    
 30% GLASS   124 - 136     4.6 - 6.3    
 ABS/PC ALLOY   149 - 180     5.5 - 6.8    
 ABS/PVC ALLOY   134 - 139     5.0 - 5.2    
 ABS/NYLON ALLOY   194 - 350     9.0 - 16    


 ACETAL 

  

  
 
 HOMOPOL   151 - 172     7.7 - 8.7    
 20% GLASS   171 - 235     8.7 - 11.9    
 COPOLYMER   144 - 160     7.3 - 8.1    
 25% GLASS   171 - 245     8.7 - 12.4    


 ACRYLIC 

  

  
 
 G-P   117     5.0    
 IMPACT   192     8.2    


 ACRYLONITRILE COPOL 

  

  
 
 EXTRUSION   101 - 116     4.0 - 4.6    
 INJECTION   120 - 135     4.8 - 5.4    


 ALKYD 

65 - 74   

4.9 - 5.5   
 


 CELLULOSICS 

  

  
 
 ACETATE   187     8.6    
 CAB   189     8.2    
 CAP   189     8.2    


 DAP (G-P) 

251 - 497   

16.7 - 34.7   
 


 EPOXY 

  

  
 
 G-P RESIN   116 - 126     NAd    
 COMPOUNDS          
 C/B/Te   123 - 166     9.4 - 12.9    
 R/C/Df   208 - 271     15.3 - 20.1    
 SEMICONDUCTOR          
 NOVOLAC   193 - 228     13.1 - 15.9    
 ANHYDRIDE   188 - 268     13.9 - 19.2    


 EVA 

  

  
 
 INJECTION   69 - 71 Prices Went Up  
  2.3 - 2.4   
 
 FILM EXTRU   67 - 69 Prices Went Up  
  2.3   
 


 EVOH 

330   

15   
 


 FLUORO-POLYMER 

  

  
 
 CTFE   5000 - 6000     385 - 462    
 ECTFE   1200 - 1680     90.7 - 120    
 ETFE   1155 - 1680     70.7 - 102.8    
 FEP   971 - 1470     74.8 - 113.2    
 PFA   1550 - 2520     120 - 195    
 PTFE   450 - 900     34.8 - 69.7    
 PVDF   660 - 1000     49.9 - 75.6    


 IONOMER 

  

  
 
 PACKAGING   127 - 166     4.3 - 6.0    
 INDUSTRIAL   150 - 244     5.0 - 8.3    


 LIQUID-CRYSTAL POLYMERS 

  

  
 
 INJECTION MIN FILLED   690 - 1035     44.2 - 72.1    
 GLASS FILLED   695 - 895     40 - 52    
 CARBON FILLED   1700 - 2000     83.2 - 138.6    
 UNFILLED   1000 - 1200     58 - 70    
 EXTRUSION UNFILLED   1200 - 2200     60.5 - 110.9    


 MELAMINE COMPOUND 

90 - 94   

5.5 - 5.6   
 


 MELAMINE/PHENOLIC COMPOUND 

75 - 83   

4.5 - 5.0   
 


 NYLON 

  

  
 
 TYPE 6   139 - 159     5.7 - 6.5    
 MIN FILLED   131 - 144     5.4 - 5.9    
 30% GLASS   148 - 173     6.0 - 7.0    
 TYPE 66   153 - 168     6.3 - 6.9    
 MIN FILLED   151 - 159     6.2 - 6.5    
 30% GLASS   142 - 192     5.8 - 7.9    
 TYPE 69   250 - 276     9.7 - 10.7    
 TYPE 6/10   286 - 313     12.4 - 13.6    
 TYPE 612   400     15.3    
 30% GLASS   309 - 311     14.7    
 40% GLASS   309     14.7    
 TYPE 46   295     12.6    
 TYPE 11   329 - 341     13.6 - 14.1    
 30% GLASS   331 - 350     15.0 - 15.8    
 40% GLASS   347 - 360     17.7 - 18.5    
 TYPE 12   318 - 341     12.1 - 13.0    
 30% GLASS   327 - 350     14.7 - 15.8    
 50% GLASS   299 - 340     15.6 - 17.8    
 TRANSPARENT AMORPHOUS   247 - 360     10.3 - 15.0    


 PHENOLIC MOLD COMP 

75   

3.8   
 
 REINFORCED GRADES   105 - 268     6.1 - 16    


 POLYAMIDE-IMIDEg 

  

  
 
 UNFILLED   2750     148.5    
 30% GLASS   2500     135    
 30% CARBON FIB.   3500     185    


 POLYARYLATE 

200 - 280   

8.8 - 12.3   
 


 POLYARYL SULFONE 

440   

21.8   
 


 POLYBUTYLENE 

  

  
 
 G-P   94 - 96     3.1    
 FILM   88 - 91     2.9    
 PIPE          
 COLD WATER   116 - 120     3.9 - 4.0    
 HOT WATER   162 - 166     5.5 - 5.6    


 POLYCARBONATE 

  

  
 
 INJECTION   138 - 165     5.9 - 7.0    
 20% GLASS   177 - 190     7.6 - 8.2    
 30% GLASS   178 - 217     7.6 - 9.3    
 EXTRUSION   145 - 180     6.3 - 7.8    
 BLOW MOLD   155 - 190     6.7 - 8.2    
 STRUCT FOAM   149 - 181     6.4 - 7.8    
 20% GLASS   235 - 255     10.1 - 11.0    
 FR   166 - 197     7.1 - 8.5    
 CD   140 - 200     6.0 - 8.6    


 POLYESTER (TP) PBT TYPE 

  

  
 
 UNFILLED   145 - 150     6.8 - 7.0    
 HI-IMP   160 - 165     8.4 - 8.6    
 30% GLASS, FR   190 - 210     11.2 - 12.5    
 STRUCT FOAM   159 - 165     NAd    


 PET 

  

  
 
 BOTTLE (RAILCAR)   78 - 80     4.0    
 MOD PET          
 30% GLASS   132 - 143     7.4    
 55% GLASS   148 - 155     9.8    
 30% GLASS FLAME RET   147 - 157     9.2    
 PETG COPOL   114 - 124     5.2 - 5.6    
 RESIN GRADEb¢/LB¢/CU INc 


 POLYESTER THERMOSET 

  

  
 
 G-P ORTHO   137 - 147     NAd    
 ISOPHTHALIC   165 - 180     NAd    
 BIS-A   210 - 220     NAd    


 PEEK 

4400   

231   
 
 30% GLASS   3300     173    


 POLYETHERIMIDE 

641 - 646   

29.3 - 29.5   
 
 30% GLASS   526 - 531     24.0 - 24.2   


 POLYETHERKETONE (PEK) 

2950   

130.1   
 
 30% GLASS   2600     153    


 POLYETHERSULFONE 

350 - 400   

17.2 - 19.7   
 
 30% GLASS   425 - 525     21 - 25.9    


 POLYETHYLENE (RAILCAR) LDPE 

  

  
 
 G-P MOLDING & EXTRU   78 - 80 Prices Went Up  
  2.6 Prices Went Up  
 
 INJECTION   80 - 82 Prices Went Up  
  2.6 - 2.7 Prices Went Up  
 
 LID RESIN   82 - 84 Prices Went Up  
  2.7 Prices Went Up  
 
 LINER   77 - 79 Prices Went Up  
  2.6 Prices Went Up  
 
 CLARITY   76 - 78 Prices Went Up  
  2.5 - 2.6 Prices Went Up  
 
 EXTRU COATG   81 - 82 Prices Went Up  
  2.6 - 2.7 Prices Went Up  
 
 BLOW MOLD   83 - 85 Prices Went Up  
  2.7 - 5.8 Prices Went Up  
 


 LLDPE, BUTENE BASED 

  

  
 
 G-P MOLDING   75 - 77 Prices Went Up  
  2.5 - 2.6 Prices Went Up  
 
 LME 30-DAYj   60.8 Prices Went Up  
  2.1 Prices Went Up  
 
 FILM   77 - 79 Prices Went Up  
  2.6 Prices Went Up  
 
 ROTOMOLD   77 - 79 Prices Went Up  
  2.6 Prices Went Up  
 


 LLDPE, HAO-BASED 

  

  
 
 G-P MOLDING   78 - 80 Prices Went Up  
  2.4 - 2.5 Prices Went Up  
 
 LID RESIN   88 - 90 Prices Went Up  
  2.7 - 2.8 Prices Went Up  
 
 LINER FILM   81 - 83 Prices Went Up  
  2.5 - 2.6 Prices Went Up  
 


 HDPE 

  

  
 
 G-P INJ MOLD   75 - 77 Prices Went Up  
  2.5 - 2.6 Prices Went Up  
 
 FILM   84 - 86 Prices Went Up  
  2.8 Prices Went Up  
 
 BLOW MOLD   85 - 87 Prices Went Up  
  2.8 - 2.9 Prices Went Up  
 

 HMW-HDPE 

  

  
 
 BLOW MOLDING   82 - 84 Prices Went Up  
  2.6 - 2.7 Prices Went Up  
 
 FILM   83 - 85 Prices Went Up  
  2.6 - 2.7 Prices Went Up  
 
 PIPE   90 - 92 Prices Went Up  
  2.9 - 3.0 Prices Went Up  
 


 UHMW-PE 

100 - 125   

3.6 - 3.7   
 


 PPE/PPO BASED RESIN 

  

  
 
 INJECTION   180     6.8    
 20% GLASSh   283     12.3    
 30% GLASSh   291     13.3    
 EXTRUSIONh   242     9.2    
 STRUCT FM   231     NAd    


 PPS 

  

  
 
 40% GLASS   450 - 520     27.0 - 31.2   
 55% GLASS/MINERAL   345 - 420     22.7 - 27.7   
 65% GLASS/MINERAL   270 - 315     18.9 - 22.1   


 POLYPROPYLENE (RAILCAR) 

  

  
 
 G-P HOMOPOL INJECTION   81 - 83 Prices Went Up  
  2.6 - 2.7 Prices Went Up  
 
 LME 30-DAYj   64.6 Prices Went Up  
  2.2 Prices Went Up  
 
 EXTRUSION FIBER   79 - 91 Prices Went Up  
  2.5 - 2.6 Prices Went Up  
 
 PROFILES   84 - 86 Prices Went Up  
  2.7 Prices Went Up  
 
 RANDOM COPOL          
 BLOW MOLDING   85 - 87 Prices Went Up  
  2.7 - 2.8 Prices Went Up  
 
 FILM   85 - 87 Prices Went Up  
  2.7 - 2.8 Prices Went Up  
 
 INJECTION   84 - 86 Prices Went Up  
  2.7 Prices Went Up  
 
 IMPACT COPOL          
 MED IMP   95 - 97 Prices Went Up  
  3.0 - 3.1 Prices Went Up  
 
 HI IMP   97 - 99 Prices Went Up  
  3.1 - 3.2 Prices Went Up  
 


 POLYSTYRENE (RAILCAR) 

  

  
 
 G-P CRYSTAL   86 - 92 Prices Went Up  
  3.2 - 3.4 Prices Went Up  
 
 HI HEAT   89 - 95 Prices Went Up  
  3.3 - 3.6 Prices Went Up  
 
 HIPS   87 - 92 Prices Went Up  
  3.3 - 3.4 Prices Went Up  
 
 SUPER HI IMP   97 - 101 Prices Went Up  
  3.6 - 3.8 Prices Went Up  
 
 FR   102 - 110 Prices Went Up 
  3.8 - 4.1 Prices Went Up  
 
 STRUCT FM (FR)   105 - 108     NA    


 EPS 

  

  
 
 UNMODIFIED   85 - 88     NAd    
 MODIFIED   86 - 90     NAd    


 POLYSULFONE 

650 - 750   

29 - 33   
 
 10% GLASS 430 20.6   799 - 875     36 - 39    
 30% GLASS 372 20.01   699 - 775     31 - 35    


 POLYURETHANE (TP) 

  

  
 
 ESTER TYPE   185 - 255     8 - 11    
 ETHER TYPE   245 - 295     10.6 - 13    


 PU ISOCYANATES 

  

  
 
 POLYMERIC MDI   125 - 145     NAd    
 80/20 TDI   135 - 145     NAd    


 PVC RESIN (RAILCAR) 

  

  
 
 G-P HOMOPOL   56 - 58 Prices Went Up  
  NAd    
 PIPE   55 Prices Went Up  
  NAd    
 FILM   61 - 63 Prices Went Up  
  NAd    
 COPOLYMER FLOORING   69 - 74     NAd    
 DISPERSION HOMOPOLY   81 - 87     NAd    
 COPOLYMER   86 - 90     NAd    
 CPVC PIPE COMPOUND   119     NAd    


 PVDC 

  

  
 
 EXTRUDABLE   162     NAd    


 SILICONES 

  

  
 
 MOLD. COMP.   581 - 640     38.1 - 39.3   
 SPECIALTY GR.   891 - 3148    NAd    
 SILICONE/EPOXY   339 - 343     22.5 - 22.8   


 STYRENEACRYLIC 

108 - 112   

3.7 - 4.0   
 


 SAN (G-P) 

80 - 88   

3.0 - 3.3   
 


 STYRENE MALEIC ANHYDRIDE 

  

  
 
 G-P   110 - 115     4.2 - 4.3    
 HI IMP   130 - 140     4.2 - 4.5    
 FR   175 - 183     6.7 - 7.0    


 TP ELASTOMERS 

  

  
 
 OLEFINIC   70 - 76     2.4    
 POLYAMIDE   300 - 350     10.9 - 12.7   
 POLYESTER   200 - 310     8.8 - 13.6    
 STYRENIC   82 - 237     2.9 - 8.3    


 UREA MOLDING COMPOUND 

  

  
 
 BLACK & BROWN          
 WHITE & IVORY          


 VINYL ESTER 

  

  
 
 COR RES   218 - 235     NAd    
 HEAT & COR RES   243 - 248     NAd    

KEY: Colored areas indicate pricing activity. An arrow () indicates direction of price change. aTruckload, unless otherwise specified. bUnfilled, natural color, unless otherwise specified. cBased on typical or average density. dNot applicable. eNovolac and anhydride grades for coils, bushings, transformers. fNovolac and anhydride grades for resisitors, capacitors, diodes. gIn quantities of 20,000 lb. h19,800-lb load. jLME 30-day futures contract for lots of 54,564 lb..