Whichever regional Polyvinyl chloride markets you work in, ICIS offers the thorough pricing information you need to operate with confidence.
Our insights into regional Polyvinyl chloride markets are provided by our network of reporters based locally in those markets.
Updated to Q2 2020
Supply is expected to remain in excess of demand in Q2 2020, as the coronavirus pandemic’s effect on manufacturing and logistics weighs heavily on demand. Despite favourable netbacks for PVC due to multi-year low prices for feedstock ethylene as well as precursors EDC and VCM, cautious buying activity for PVC could mean inventory pressures for producers in Asia.
Demand is expected to remain tepid in major import markets such as India and Malaysia. Both countries’ national lockdowns are expected to cease on 14 April, but market sources said that the lockdowns may be extended if the situation does not improve. Despite the stabilising situation in China, recovery in domestic manufacturing activity is expected to remain sluggish as the worsening coronavirus situation within the US could mean diminished demand for finished goods.
We offer the following regional Polyvinyl chloride coverage to keep you informed of factors and developments affecting prices in the Asia Polyvinyl chloride marketplace.
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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.
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PVC is produced from the polymerisation of Vinyl Chloride Monomer (VCM). It is a versatile thermoplastic with a wide range of uses including pipes & fittings, profiles, cables, flooring, films & sheets
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.
It has been a tough period for chlor-alkali producers as recent months showed a sharp downturn in margins for caustic soda. This scenario threatens to bring to an end the period of strong margins, despite some signs of a limited rebound earlier in Q4 2019. Across all major markets, calculated margins based on the co-production of caustic soda and ethylene dichloride (EDC) have weakened substantially since October 2018.
Like many others, if you are looking for ways to unveil answers to key industry questions then come and join us at the 24th World Chlor-alkali Conference organised by ICIS and Tecnon Orbichem. This 1.5 day event has been a home for key industry players in the value chain, having welcomed hundreds of delegates each year. Take a first look at the key offerings in 2020.