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Polycarbonate Europe Transcript
The European Polycarbonate report is published weekly on a Wednesday. We cover GP moulding and GP extrusion quarterly contracts.
The reason we cover the report as a weekly report is because there are many different end uses of polycarbonate, things like automotive, construction, optical media. And for our customers to get a holistic picture and understand what’s going on in each of those individual markets they need a service like us that talks to all of the actors.
Another important factor with polycarbonate is there is strong import and export activity between Europe and Asia. And to fully understand what’s going on, then they need to be talking to multiple actors. I mean, ICIS have a very strong offering, not only in Europe, but also in Asia and that allows us to see across the different regions and build up a picture of what exactly is happening in the market and find out exactly why it’s happening.
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European polycarbonate (PC) contract prices increased slightly from mid-May to mid-August.
Long supply and weak demand were expected to force down PC prices in the fourth quarter of 2013 unless producers were able to stick to rollovers, according to various market sources in early September. Imports from Asia and the Middle East added to price pressures, and European producers had given up seeking price increases and were, instead, focusing on maintaining volumes.
By the beginning of October, discussions were continuing on the basis of either a rollover or a small reduction. Players said demand remained weak, the market was oversupplied, and competition was fierce.
In the fourth quarter, quarterly contracts eventually settled at a reduction of €0.05/kg for both moulding and extrusion grades of material, as sellers finally decided to relent from their endeavours to improve margins by raising prices.
Demand from the downstream construction, automotive and electronics sectors is still sluggish and there is little hope for improvement any time soon.
Producers have come under mounting pressure to improve margins and some said that if they cannot pass on feedstock cost increases, they would, sooner or later, have to shut down plants.
Even though demand was expected to pick up in May and June, it failed to do so. Many attributed this to macroeconomic uncertainties and bad weather, which prompted buyers to delay purchases and instead take a wait-and-see stance.
Buyers and sellers have been wary of keeping high inventories because if prices suddenly fall, they will be left with overvalued stocks.
There are no supply issues and many market participants see the market as lengthening.
Updated to mid-November 2013
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