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Asian players: PE supplies limited from Thailand

by ChemOrbis Editorial Team -
  • 19/07/2017 (18:05)
Several players operating in Southeast Asia and China report that overall PE supplies from Thailand are limited due to the recent shutdowns at the PE plants of PTT Global Chemical and SCG Plastics.

A trader operating in Bangkok noted, “We haven’t received any offers from SCG for the last two weeks given the producer’s unexpected shutdown in late June. However, reducing supplies have not had any major impact on local prices so far. Despite sellers’ hike attempts, demand remains weak, with buyers showing resistance to higher levels.”

A global trader said, “Thai PTT’s HDPE supplies remain limited while the producer is standing firm on its offers nowadays.”

A Vietnamese trader added, “We have not received any HDPE injection offers from Thai PTT so far. We heard that the producer’s allocation is quite limited.”

The import PE market has been on a soft path in Southeast Asia for the past five months. Therefore, the shutdowns of these two producers in Thailand remain under the shadow of the upcoming PE capacities in Asia and the US, and buying interest continues to be limited in the midst of the rainy season in the region.
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