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Players: Prompt supply for certain polymers is limited in Turkey

by ChemOrbis Editorial Team -
  • 26/01/2015 (17:03)
Players in Turkey report limited prompt availability for certain polymer grades. This situation was mainly attributed to the limited replacement activity on the traders’ side in response to the steep price decreases in polymer markets which has occurred since June 2014.

In the PP market, supplies for PP random copolymer are tight with not much material said to be on the way, according to players’ reports. “Although overall activity remains weak and prices may lose some additional ground, we are receiving an increasing number of inquiries for PPRC injection,” a local reseller stated. A pipe manufacturer also noted, “We expect to see some drops in new propylene contracts in Europe while PPRC pipe type 3 supply from the region is not comfortable in Turkey.”

Towards the end of last week, a number of players reported that they were experiencing difficulties locating homo PP offers as Middle Eastern and Iranian suppliers were not active in the market. South European and Egyptian cargos were mostly sold out for January, players said. Some firm fibre bids for Egyptian origin were heard at slightly higher levels amidst generally limited availability.

In the PE market, prompt HDPE blow moulding availability was said to be quite limited. A distributor claimed, “HDPE b/m supply is tight and film is relatively limited, whereas LDPE and LLDPE supplies remain ample.” A converter concurred, commenting, “We called some sellers but were not able to receive any offers during the week. Supply may be tight next month since traders did not purchase much material in late December or early January. Sellers are not so willing to offer in order to limit their losses.”

Today, Petkim reduced their prices by $55/ton for LDPE and LDPE-t grades, $45/ton for PP and HDPE and $35/ton for PVC as had been expected in the market since last week. Relatively stable energy markets are causing some players to question about whether the bearish trend will slow down or not over the near future.
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