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Updated to Q2 2016
US and Canada polyethylene (PE) production and sales for the three major grades combined declined by 2-3% in May, though exports showed a solid gain, according to preliminary industry data. The declines, along with an initial estimate showing a big jump in inventory during May based on industry data, show the effect of the spring and early summer turnaround season and also the impact of new capacity coming online at the new Braskem Idesa plant in Mexico.
Polyethylene (PE) continued to lead both US chemical exports and imports, with a 27% gain in exports in April reflecting the polymer’s increased focus on foreign markets because of new capacity coming online. The export gain stemmed from a demand surge prompted by the onset of the PE plant turnaround season in a number of global regions. The largest PE shipment totals went to Mexico, China, Canada and Colombia. Canada supplied 94% of US PE imports. LLDPE exports dropped almost 6%, no doubt influenced by a mid-May force majeure declaration for two LyondellBasell plants.
US June polyethylene (PE) contract prices rolled for the second consecutive month, enabling producers to hold on to gains made earlier this year. Inventory rose in May over April, but a producer said the supply buildup started from a below-average level. PE contracts are up 2-4 cents/lb so far this year, but processors want to erase that gain because of new capacity coming online in the US and Mexico.
The weekly US polyethylene (PE) report covers eight grades of high density polyethylene (HDPE), linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE) and low density polyethylene (LDPE).
Domestic price quotes in the report provide a reference for the US contract market.
Our methodology is to post net prices for small-volume buyers. US contract discussions occur monthly, but the weekly report gives buyers an update on market sentiment leading up to the assessment of prices.
Export price quotes address the remaining 20–30% of US product that goes offshore.
The report also tracks ethylene trends, including major plant outages, contract settlements and spot-trading activity. The information from the report originates from producers, traders and buyers of PE.
Customers enjoy reading the US PE report because it provides accurate pricing, as well as international context and varied viewpoints to judge the direction of the market.
ICIS collects pricing data on a wide range of chemical, energy and fertilizer products, including Polyethylene. 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.
ICIS pricing’s weekly Polyethylene US margin report covers integrated and stand-alone production of both low density polyethylene (LDPE) and high density polyethylene (HDPE) in the US. Two types of integrated model are provided, one based on ethane, the dominant cracker feedstock in the US, and the other on light naphtha. Both take full account of cracker co-product credits. The stand-alone models consider LDPE and HDPE production from purchased ethylene. Both contract and spot pricing models are included.
For more information on ICIS pricing’s weekly Polyethylene US margin report, read the full methodology.
With the ICIS Polyethylene US Margin report, you will be able to:
- Have a consistent weekly view of costs and prices affecting your business
- Analyse the directional trends of integrated and stand-alone polyethylene production cash margins
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- Have a benchmark for your cost and margin based business
- Get clarity on the real impact of feedstock costs to the ‘contracted’ petrochemical markets
- Better understand the market dynamics and make informed business decisions
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Whether you are a buyer, a seller or a trader, ICIS weekly margin reports can help you understand how costs and prices hit product profitability. Our weekly reports provide prompt signals on the direction of variable margins for a range of commodities. Our weekly margin offering delivers reliable and timely indicators of the extent to which producers are covering their fixed costs. ICIS margin calculations are underpinned by Linde Engineering plant manufacturing and feedstock yield models.
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