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Gap between local LDPE and LLDPE hits over three-year-high in Turkey

by ChemOrbis Editorial Team -
  • 16/02/2017 (12:59)
In Turkey, the gap between local LDPE and LLDPE film prices has recently touched the highest level in more than three years to be currently standing at $188/ton, according to the weekly average data obtained from ChemOrbis Price Wizard.

Source: ChemOrbis Price Wizard

The wider premium of LDPE prices over LLDPE was attributed to the tight LDPE availability from Middle Eastern sources including Saudi Arabia and Qatar during the last couple of months. A global producer selling Saudi Arabian cargoes commented, “We are sold out already and we are currently waiting to hear new sales strategies from our headquarters for March. We feel that our allocation will be very limited for another month.”

A manufacturer thinks that the main reason behind the large gap is the comfortable LLDPE supply versus tight LDPE grades. “There might be seasonal reasons too as LDPE and LLDPE have different application areas,” he further opined.

Another seller opined, “The gap between local LDPE and LLDPE prices has widened considerably. Either LDPE prices will drop or LLDPE prices will increase.”

In the distribution market, locally-held prices are reported this week at $1730-1770/ton for LDPE and $1540-1580/ton for LLDPE, on ex-warehouse, cash inc VAT basis.
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