Stay abreast of the US polyethylene market
Updated to Q1 2021
Supply could remain limited through the coming months as stronger overseas demand will leave less material available for the local market. While production issues stemming from the active 2020 Atlantic hurricane season have mostly been resolved, a few other production issues continue to impact the market. Two new LDPE plants started up production late in Q4, which will help to ease LDPE supplies as these plants reach full rates.
US demand is expected to remain strong over the coming months. Ongoing movement restrictions will continue to drive improved demand for packaging applications for food and online shopping. Overseas, logistics disruptions are creating opportunities for US sellers in regions traditionally served by Asian and Middle Eastern origin cargo, while a major outage in Mexico will also support demand for US exports.
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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.
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.
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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.
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