SABIC raises prices on US Gulf PC, ABS - sources

24 November 2010 16:59  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Sabic Innovative Plastics is seeking price increases for its acylonitrile-butadiene-styrene-based (ABS) and polycarbonate-based (PC) resins, market sources said on Wednesday.

SABIC would raise the price of its ABS-based resins by 9 cents/lb ($198/tonne, €149/tonne) and its PC-based resins by 16 cents/lb effective 20 December, or as contracts allow, distributors said.

Sources at SABIC did not immediately provide information on the increases.

The PC price increase from SABIC followed announcements by Bayer Material Science on 8 November and Styron on 15 November. Bayer and Styron each proposed 19 cent/lb increases for PC.

Market sources expressed surprise at the price hikes, saying PC supply-demand fundamentals have remained stable and there was little room in the market for the price increases.

Several distributors said part of the PC price increases might go through but it was unlikely the hikes would go through fully.

Current prices for PC in the US Gulf were at 150-165 cents/lb for extrusion or moulding material, as assessed by ICIS.

SABIC’s price increase on ABS was met with less skepticism by distributors and buyers.

Strong demand for ABS in Asia has kept import availability low, sources said, which has created room for a price increase in the US Gulf market even though demand-supply fundamentals remain stable.

ABS prices increased in the US Gulf by 3-4 cents/lb for the week ended 19 November, to 129-146 cents/lb for extrusion material and 120-136 cents/lb for injection material, as assessed by ICIS.

($1 = €0.75)

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By: John Dietrich

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