Polycarbonate Prices, markets & analysis
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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.
We speak to buyers, we speak to producers, and we speak to traders, and we try and speak to as many of the involved parties as possible and the reason for that is because that means we increase the accuracy, the reliability and the scope of our service. And that’s what our customer really rely on us for.
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European polycarbonate (PC) contract prices nudged slightly higher in the second quarter.
Producers entered the second quarter of 2014 with the intention of raising prices in the European market. However, they encountered difficulty in pushing through these price increases.
Players commented that demand was satisfactory. The automotive and electrical sectors were specifically cited. As far as prices were concerned though, the problem for producers was still a surplus of supply over demand.
Eventually contract prices edged up in Q2, with increases occurring partly because of improved demand compared with last year and partly because producers had become more resolved to repair battered margins.
Market sources agreed that sellers were successful in raising most of those numbers that had been at the low end of the price range, which resulted in a convergence in the usual gap in prices for general purpose extrusion and moulding grades, as extrusion inched up €0.03-0.05/kg.
The market is evolving in terms of price structure, as quarterly contracts now represent a smaller, if still important, part of the total European market. Some converters, especially in the automotive lighting sector, more typically have half-yearly price revisions, while some players prefer to negotiate contracts on a monthly basis.
Updated to Q2 2014
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