28 August 2009 23:59 [Source: ICIS news]
LONDON (ICIS news)--Purified terephthalic acid (PTA) August contract prices have moved up by €21/tonne ($30/tonne) from July due to increased feedstock costs, sources said on Friday.
“In August we saw between a rollover and plus €5/tonne [over the feedstock paraxylene (PX) pass-through],” a buyer said.
European producers, of which there are now only two majors, had been trying to widen the gap over paraxylene with one confirming that this had been successful by up to €10/tonne in some cases.
“PX increased by €32/tonne, so that’s €21/tonne onto PTA, and we were trying to get an average of a rollover to plus €10/tonne of the pass-through,” according to a producer.
PTA prices settled at €703-731/tonne in August compared with July’s €682-710/tonne. Consolidation among downstream polyethylene terephthalate (PET) producers in
“The PTA market in August was tighter than before, and buyers were having to import material from elsewhere to cover needs,” said a customer.
The loss of Artenius’
“Demand was quite acceptable during the month of August. The latest news of
Discussions were under way for September PTA pricing, and sellers said they were targeting €10/tonne increases over the September cost of PX, according to industry players.
European PET and PTA sources said they were expecting to see a rollover or a slight increase in September PX pricing.
($1 = €0.70)
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