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Spot PE deals continue to see increases in NWE

by ChemOrbis Editorial Team -
  • 15/09/2016 (03:30)
Northwest European PE suppliers were seeking price increases since early September despite roll overs in the ethylene contracts for the month. Suppliers were in pursuit of better margins and found support from limited supplies for some of the PE products, particularly LDPE and HDPE blow moulding. Buyers confirmed receiving price increases on their spot offers and reported purchasing at higher levels in some cases.

As for monthly contracts, most buyers predicted that they would settle their contracts at steady levels from August. In the case of LDPE, however, one converter in Switzerland reported settling their contract price for September with an increase of €10/ton this week.

Increases of around €20/ton have been reported on spot done deals ever since last week, but demand is reported to be very quiet and trading activity is thin, which has resulted in some suppliers stepping back on price increases this week as well.

A compounder in Germany reported paying an increase of €20/ton on their spot done deal for LDPE film and an increase of €40/ton for HDPE blow moulding. He commented, “We paid rollovers on HDPE injection and film this month and increases on HDPE bm and LDPE. Demand is very weak and we don’t expect to see an improvement in the next few weeks because we have already planned our orders with our end customers for October.”

A distributor in Germany said this week, “We are offering material for September mostly at a rollover compared with August. The exception is for HDPE injection for which we are seeking €20/ton increases over August. Demand is very quiet and we have been reducing our stocks because of the slow demand and uncertain future outlook.”

In the Netherlands a distributor said, “We concluded deals for HDPE blow moulding with increases of €10/ton. Our supplier is undergoing maintenance and so the availability is limited. We also tried to increase our HDPE injection prices by €10/ton, but demand is very quiet so we are now offering at a rollover.”

In France, a different story was reported from a distributor. He reported not being able to raise prices on any of the PE products including LDPE film and HDPE bm. He said, “We maintained our prices at the same levels as August due to slack demand. We are struggling to concluded deals and only receive a few orders.”
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