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Kenyan converter: May PP, PE increases exceed expectations

by ChemOrbis Editorial Team -
  • 04/05/2016 (16:32)
In Kenya, players report receiving more May PP and PE prices from Middle Eastern producers. Overall increase amounts have risen up to $10-50/ton for PE and $60-80/ton for PP so far.

Most converters complain about weak demand due to the rainy season in the country. “The May increases exceeded our expectations since overall demand is very slow these days. Buying interest is not expected to improve until the end of July given the low season. Therefore, we are not anticipating further hikes as of next month. Meanwhile, apart from the higher than expected May import prices, locally held availability is problematic. HDPE blow moulding and PP raffia availability is very tight in the distribution market for locally held cargoes,” highlighted a buyer.

So far, import prices are reported at $1100-1140/ton for PP raffia and injection, at $1140/ton for PP fibre, $1140-1150/ton for PP film, $1270-1300/ton for LDPE film, $1250-1300/ton for LLDPE film, $1270-1300/ton for HDPE film and at $1300-1330/ton for HDPE blow moulding on a CFR Mombasa, Kenya, 90 days deferred payment basis.
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