Polyethylene Overview

Low density polyethylene (LDPE) is used predominantly as a packaging film, either on its own or blended with linear low density PE to improve mechanical properties. Blown LDPE film has good processability due to a strain hardening effect of the polymer melt caused by the long branched, long chain structure of the polymer. It can be used in food and medical/pharmaceutical packaging in high purity grades as well as in agricultural film and disposable nappies. LDPE is also used in sheathing for electrical and communication cables, and the extrusion coating of paper and board for the packaging of liquids and in moisture barrier applications.

The typical LDPE lamination/coating grade utilised in India is of a melting index at 7.0, which is produced under autoclave technology. It is used in coatings such as on flexible packaging and paper lamination. LDPE lamination/coating grade produced under tubular technology is used in coating of roofing films for example, but trade of this grade is not included in the price assessment.

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Polyethylene China Margin Report Methodology – 30 September 2015

Methodology

This document is intended to provide methodology support for customers receiving the ICIS Weekly Margin – PE China report. ICIS continuously develops, reviews and revises its methodologies in consultation with industry participants. Previous versions of this methodology can be found under Archived Documents. To find out more, please see Polyethylene China Margin Report Methodology – 30 […]

LLDPE Forward Curve Methodology Consultation 2018

Consultation

ICIS is implementing a process of rolling consultation on all of its pricing methodologies. This consultation paper is part of this formal process and covers all of the ICIS primary price points included in the LLPDE forward curve weekly publications. The consultation asks both general questions about the suitability of the ICIS pricing methodology and […]

China LLDPE Forward Curve Methodology – 13 December 2018

Methodology

The ICIS linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE) forward price assessment provides a basis for determining bid and offer prices for forward month contracts. It is based on information gathered in Singapore. ICIS continuously develops, reviews and revises its methodologies in consultation with industry participants. Previous versions of this methodology can be found under Archived Documents. […]

Polyethylene Methodology Consultation 2019

Consultation

ICIS is implementing a process of rolling consultation on all of its pricing methodologies. This consultation paper is part of this formal process and covers all of the ICIS primary price points included in the polyethylene weekly publications. The consultation asks both general questions about the suitability of the ICIS pricing methodology and questions addressing […]

Price Optimisation Analytics Methodology – 18 April 2019

Methodology

Price Optimisation Analytics is an application that plots port-to-port trade routes on an interactive map and calculates inter-regional net price differences using ICIS FOB/CFR prices and ocean freight rates from the ICIS Chemical Tanker Shipping report and a third party source. It is designed to support identifying import and export opportunities by comparing ICIS price […]

Polyethylene Consultation Responses 2019

Response Summary

Background ICIS is implementing a process of rolling consultation on all of its pricing methodologies. Consultation paper GMC08/19 is part of this formal process and covers all of the ICIS primary price points included in the polyethylene weekly publications. Polyethylene-Methodology-Consultation-2019 Summary and Decision The consultation asked general questions about the suitability of the ICIS pricing […]

Polyethylene Asia Variable Margin Analytics Methodology – 25 July 2019

Methodology

This document provides methodology support for customers using ICIS Polyethylene Asia Variable Margins. ICIS continuously develops, reviews and revises its methodologies in consultation with industry participants. For a copy of an archived methodology document, please email Consultation@icis.com To find out more, please see Polyethylene-Asia-Variable-Margin-Analytics-Methodology-25-July-2019

Polyethylene Europe Variable Margin Analytics Methodology – 3 September 2019

Methodology

This document provides methodology support for customers using ICIS Polyethylene Europe Variable Margins. ICIS continuously develops, reviews and revises its methodologies in consultation with industry participants. For a copy of an archived methodology document, please email Consultation@icis.com To find out more, please see Polyethylene-Europe-Variable-Margin-Analytics-Methodology-03-September-2019

Polyethylene US Variable Margin Analytics Methodology – 3 September 2019

Methodology

This document provides methodology support for customers using ICIS Polyethylene US Variable Margins. ICIS continuously develops, reviews and revises its methodologies in consultation with industry participants. For a copy of an archived methodology document, please email Consultation@icis.com To find out more, please see Polyethylene-US-Variable-Margin-Analytics-Methodology-03-September-2019

Polyethylene Methodology – 4 September 2019

Methodology

This is the ICIS pricing methodology for polyethylene. ICIS quotes polyethylene prices in Europe, Asia-Pacific, China, the US, Middle East/West Asia, Latin America, Africa and Turkey. ICIS continuously develops, reviews and revises its methodologies in consultation with industry participants. Previous versions of this methodology can be found under Archived Documents. For a copy of an archived methodology document, please […]