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Much of US VCM production is used internally by chlor-alkalai producers, but the ICIS weekly report also coves the spot market. VCM is said to be exported to Mexico by some US suppliers.
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Updated to Q1 2015
US vinyl chloride monomer (VCM) prices fell at the start of the year following the prices of its derivative, polyvinyl chloride (PVC), in global markets.
Falling prices of crude oil in global markets reduced ethylene feedstock costs in Europe and Asia, costing a good portion of US producers’ production cost advantage and making export markets more competitive.
Prices had been above $800/tonne in mid-2014, but started 2015 at an average of $590/tonne free on board (FOB) US Gulf and then lowered to a bottom of $550/tonne before pushing up above $600/tonne FOB US Gulf by the end of March.
Most exported US VCM moves to Latin America where it is used as a feedstock by Mexichem to make PVC that is then usually shipped to European and other markets.
Prices may push up in the short term, during the second quarter, on plant outages in March and April that could constrain production, particularly volumes available for export.
Ethylene supplies are also hampered in Louisiana where an ongoing cracker outage and pipeline problems have added a premium for feedstock costs there.
While prices may rise slightly during the second quarter, it is expected that third-quarter pricing will level out on more normal feedstock availability and cost allowing producers to maintain margins.
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