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Updated to Q4 2017
PVC supply in Q4 was mixed. In China, export volume was limited, especially from the carbide-based PVC producers where rising feedstock costs and tighter environmental inspections limited production and pushed up export prices, which are higher than ethylene-based products. In other northeast Asian countries, supply is heard to be stable. No major turnarounds were reported in Taiwan, South Korea and Japan.
Demand in China, southeast Asia and India was improving in Q4, especially from November to December. Taiwanese manufacturer Formosa Plastics Corporation (FPC) increased the offer price by $50/tonne from November to December, prompting a lot of buyers rushing to restocking cargoes as many held the view prices might further increase in 2018. Demand from India was heard to be stronger after the end of the monsoon season in the previous quarter and the effect of the new goods-and-services (GST) taxes waned.
ICIS publishes a weekly report on the polyvinyl chloride (PVC) market in Asia Pacific. The report covers export prices from northeast Asia (NE Asia) and import prices into China and southeast Asia (SE Asia).
Spot business functions on a monthly pricing mechanism.
Producers nominate target prices and these are applied or otherwise subject to market conditions. Export prices are also reported on a free on board (FOB) China ethylene-basis and FOB China carbide-basis, as China has become a primary exporter of PVC.
In addition, prices that relate to the domestic market in China are mentioned in the report that provides subscribers with a broad overview of price movements in the region.
We have a strong presence in China, and this is vital as our teams are able to gather information from the abundant Chinese PVC plant capacities locally.
ICIS provides extensive coverage and in-depth analysis of the China market in the form of a standalone China PVC report. Prices are assessed based on information supplied by our numerous market sources, which include buyers, sellers, producers and traders.
Upstream and downstream market developments are taken into account as they can influence prices considerably. The report offers market commentary, including details of traced transactions, supply-and-demand patterns, export and import information, contract price negotiations and the general sentiment for price direction.
Where applicable, there is information on production issues, plant outages and turnarounds to make the report the most up-to-date source of market intelligence. Besides acting as a pricing benchmark, our reports are used by many subscribers as a reference to establish their own pricing terms with suppliers or customers.
ICIS collects pricing data on a wide range of chemical, energy and fertilizer products, including Polyvinyl chloride. 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 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.
Our in-depth market knowledge drives our specialist focus, as we recognise the importance of individual market dynamics and not a one-size-fits-all approach.
Over 25 years of reporting on key chemicals markets, including Polyvinyl chloride, has brought global recognition of our methodology as being unbiased, authoritative and rigorous in preserving our editorial integrity. Our global network of reporters in Houston, London, Singapore, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Mumbai, Perth and Moscow ensures unrivalled coverage of established and emerging markets.