Asia’s polyethylene (PE) market prices are expected to pick up in Q3 amid relatively tight supply due to several unscheduled shutdowns in June. Chinese converters are expected to ramp up production ahead of the G20 Summit shutdowns in early September and southeast Asian demand is also expected to increase. However, some market participants held a cautious outlook amid uncertainties in the market and this was echoed globally.
The Turkish PE market may pick up after Ramadan as buyers restock and under influence from Asia. Some new imports could dampen that effect on some PE grades, however.
Updated to Q3 2016
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The three main types of polyethylene (PE) are low density PE (LDPE), linear low density PE (LLDPE) and high density PE (HDPE).
HDPE is a thermoplastic white solid whose molecular chains are comparatively straight and closely aligned. It is resistant to most chemicals, insoluble in organic solvents and has high impact and tensile strength.
LLDPE is a thermoplastic, translucent white solid whose chains are comparatively straight and closely aligned, and has a lower density than HDPE.
LDPE is a thermoplastic white solid which has highly branched and widely spaced molecular chains.
End uses of HDPE include blow-moulding applications such as bottles, packaging containers, drums, fuel tanks for automobiles, toys and house wares. Injection-moulded articles made from HDPE include crates, pallets, packaging containers and caps, paint cans, house wares and toys.
LLDPE's short chain branching gives it higher tensile strength, puncture and anti-tear properties, making it particularly suitable for high strength film applications.
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