Polypropylene Prices, markets & analysis
For clear insight into the US polypropylene (PP) industry, you need in-depth pricing information direct from the region.
ICIS has a network of locally based experts, providing PP price assessments and analysis including a rolling 12 month forecast to support your short- and medium-term decisions.
Use ICIS information to:
- Track price fluctuations and understand the factors driving them
- Have a benchmark for contract settlements
- Plan your trades and optimise margins
Our editor gives their expert view
Polypropylene US Transcript
The weekly US polypropylene report covers several grades of PP, including injection, raffia homopolymer, limited film grades and rock co-polymers.
It also features price quotes for domestic material sold on a delivered (DEL) basis and export material sold on a free on board (FOB) basis.
The domestic price quotes provide a reference for the US contract market for smaller buyers for negotiating pricing. Larger buyers usually have contracts that follow feedstock propylene on a monomer plus basis.
Propylene market dynamics are also monitored in the report.
The export prices for PP can vary from week to week, depending on feedstock costs and international prices.
The report information is gathered through contact with producers, buyers and traders of PP.
This ICIS report provides a top-down view of the US PP sector that is useful to buyers who not only want to know what the price is, but also where the market is likely to be heading.
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For the first quarter of 2014, US polypropylene (PP) prices are up on average by 2.5 cents/lb from where they were at the end of 2013, with prices taking direction from feedstock polymer-grade propylene (PGP).
Prices rose by around 5 cents/lb in January, including a 1 cent/lb margin gain achieved by producers. Subsequently, prices have begun to inch down, including a 1 cent/lb drop in February and a 1.5 cent/lb drop in March.
The slight price declines in February and March were not enough to spur buyers to return to the market, with buyer and producers describing the entire first quarter as having very weak demand.
The weak demand during the quarter was based on a few factors, including severe weather across much of the US that caused production and logistical problems for suppliers and processors, as well as buyers living off of inventories they built in November and December of 2013 in anticipation of huge price spikes that never materialised.
Updated to mid-April 2014
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ICIS has a wealth of information on the domestic US market which can help you in your short- to medium term planning.
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ICIS US Polypropylene price report - a weekly price report covering several grades of PP, including injection, raffia homopolymer, limited film grades and rock co-polymers. It also features price quotes for domestic material sold on a delivered (DEL) basis and export material sold on a free on board (FOB) basis.
Insights into the various factors influencing prices are covered, such as planned maintenance, schedules and outages. Use this report to understand price drivers and fluctuations, and as a benchmark in settling your contract prices. You will be able to access the pricing information online, via the ICIS dashboard service.
ICIS Polypropylene (PP) price forecast report – a concise, easy-to-read monthly report that covers current and forecast prices, raw materials prices, supply, demand and capacity information, regional import and export data, trade flow forecasts, and margins. Use our forecast report to gain access to the information you need to see where prices are heading.
ICIS collects pricing data on a wide range of chemical, energy and fertilizer products, including Polypropylene. Our extensive experience in price reporting means we can offer you access to historical data dating back more than 20 years for certain commodities.
Our time series of pricing data enables you to build and model trends, to get a view of where markets might be heading. The data service includes charting functionality, allowing you to chart and download multiple data series for manipulation in your own internal models. You can also export data to Excel via the ICIS dashboard service.
Whether you are a buyer, producer or trader, the weekly ICIS US Polypropylene (PP) Margin report will help you understand how costs and prices affect product profitability.
This report is designed to complement the ICIS US Polypropylene price report by covering several models, including integrated PP production from refinery-sourced propylene, the dominant feedstock for PP production in the US. Other models include integrated PP production from naphtha and standalone (or non-integrated) PP production from polymer-grade propylene. With the growing significance of propane dehydrogenation (PDH) in the US, a theoretical model for integrated PP production from propane is also considered.
The models track various market factors, including feedstock prices and business cash costs, giving you a better understanding of market dynamics. They combine ICIS’s benchmark price assessments with plant manufacturing and feedstock yield data provided by Linde Engineering.
The PP Margin report enables you to:
- Review the weekly movements in variable costs and margins for integrated and standalone PP production
- Understand the various factors driving PP profits and anticipate their impact on your business.
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ICIS price assessments are based on information gathered from a wide cross-section of the market, comprising consumers, producers, traders and distributors from more than 250 reporters world-wide. Confirmed deals, verified by both buyer and seller, provide the foundation of our price assessments.
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