29 May 2008 11:06 [Source: ICIS news]
LONDON (ICIS news)--BASF will raise its gross market price (GMP) for polystyrene (PS) by €100/tonne ($156/tonne) from 1 June, the company said in a statement on Thursday.
“Owing to the sharp increase in the cost of raw materials for polystyrene in recent months, we find ourselves forced to make this unusually high price adjustment, to €1,525/tonne,” explains Jaroslaw Michniuk, head of Marketing Styrenic Polymers Europe.
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PS year-to-date volumes have been weak, with estimates running at as much as minus 6% from 2007, and producers’ margins have been steadily eroding in 2008.
“We have lost €65/tonne margin in 2008,” estimated one major European PS producer.
BASF pointed out in its statement that if styrene monomer continued to rise further, more increases could be sought.
Buyers were aware of the recent surges in the styrene market, but were waiting for June styrene to settle before giving expectations for June PS.
“It looks likely that that we will have to take something next month, but let’s wait and see,” said one large buyer.
Another was less sympathetic.
“Welcome to the no-profit club. We have been working under poor margins for a long time now, let them do the same.”
PS producers in
($1 = €0.64)
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