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Polyvinyl chloride, also known as PVC is a plastic resin. Its feedstocks are chlorine and ethylene. Its main end use for PVC is in the construction industry with pipes and profiles, windows and doors accounting for a large proportion of consumption.
Other applications include the automotive industry, cables and flooring.
The key driver in the market tends to be season led. Spring and summer are the strongest periods of construction activity. Movement in feedstock ethylene and chlorine prices also impact the PVC market as do events in the wider chloralkali chain as producers have to balance the electrochemical unit in order to make the business profitable.
The economy is also a key driver for PVC as downstream construction is strongly linked with GDP. The outlook for the market is unclear, but it is widely agreed that future growth will be largely driven by the emerging economies of Asia, Latin America, Africa and Eastern Europe.
Demand in the Eurozone is widely expected to contract as state measures delay public investment in construction. New plants coming on stream in Asia, Middle East, central and Eastern Europe will mean more competition for developed economies.
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Updated to Q3 2016
European polyvinyl chloride (PVC) prices decreased by more than the overall trend in ethylene costs in Q3 as a result of low seasonal demand in the August-July period.
The main exception was the UK contract price, which rose in July and August by a total of £50/tonne in order to account for the depreciation of the pound against the euro following the UK’s vote to exit the European Union in June.
Spot and contract PVC prices generally followed similar trends in this time period. Export prices gradually decreased during this time period, with Turkey, the largest export market, affected by structural market and economic issues which have reduced its overall polymers demand.
The Eid holiday in September and the summer period also impacted seasonal demand during this time period and led to lower pricing trends, with a small uptick in pricing in late September due to the end of this time period.
The ICIS European polyvinyl chloride (PVC) report covers movements in the monthly domestic contract price, domestic spot information and the European import and export markets on a weekly basis.
Information is obtained through discussions with key industry players such as producers, buyers, traders and distributors.
The ICIS European PVC price focuses on K67 PVC (pipe grade) and looks at the wider issues and events in the suspension PVC market.
The price provides a benchmark for a number of participants, but also gives essential information on upstream and downstream market movements to help them make informed decisions.
Increasingly, there is a global focus as the Chinese, Indian and African markets consume more and change the balance of supply and demand.
The ICIS report is essential for market participants within the PVC industry, and offers a vital source of information on market trends, together with the latest shipping fixtures, enquiries and spot deals.
The report is widely read and brings the most up-to-date news in terms of pricing movements, consumer demand and changes to supply such as production updates.
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