The ICIS Metallocene Linear Low Density Polyethylene (LLDPE) reports are published weekly in Asia and Europe. These benchmark price assessments cover spot prices in both regions, and domestic in Europe.
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Updated to Q3 2017
Asia’s outlook for C6 (hexene based) and C8 (octane based) metallocene linear low density polyethylene (MLLDPE) market in the third quarter (Q3) remains cautious, particularly in China, amid ample supply and a preference for lower-priced commodity C4 LLDPE grades. Most market players were concerned that domestic inventory levels could not be digested fast enough to accommodate fresh imports. They expected the earliest chance for a recovery would only be in August should demand pick up, as converters typically prepare for year-end orders in that period.
In Europe, C6 MLLDPE prices fell throughout the second quarter of 2017 on lower feedstock costs, increased supply, and subdued demand. MLLDPE demand is growing rapidly, as down gauging becomes increasingly important, but supply is outstripping demand. C8 MLLDPE sellers in particular are finding it hard to place volumes as regular standard C8 linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE) has an established position in Europe while C6 MLLDPE grades are well ensconced.
Furthermore, new capacity coming on stream in North America, India and Thailand, is expected to keep supply plentiful and sellers are expected to put a cap on MLLDPE pricing in both regions, particularly towards the end of 2017 and throughout 2018.
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ICIS metallocene linear low density polyethylene (MLLDPE) report (Asia Pacific) focuses on C6 MLLDPE grades used in food and industrial packaging material.
Metallocene linear low density polyethylene (MLLDPE) is a high performance polyethylene (PE) produced using metallocene or single site catalyst technology in the process. These catalysts allow significant down-gauging of films as well as faster film processing and more stable operations. Easy processing LLDPE grades can also be produced using these catalysts. Hexene and octene comonomer-based grades are commonly produced.
MLLDPE is used in food and industrial packaging applications. These include multi-layer cast stretch film, agriculture greenhouse film, medium to heavy duty bags and lamination packaging film.
MLLDPE can also be coextruded with LDPE in multilayer film barriers used in drink cartons. It may also penetrate non-PE markets.