Will supply pressures ease as summer demand takes shape?


This webinar took place on 2 June, 2021.

North American commodity polymer markets have reached an inflection point as summer nears, as production of polyethylene (PE), polypropylene (PP) and polyethylene terephthalate (PET) has rebounded following February’s historic freeze on the Texas-Louisiana Gulf Coast.

While supply is increasing, demand remains strong for packaging resins, keeping the journey back to market balance a precarious one as rebuilding of depleted inventories relies on the easing of regional and global logistical challenges and navigating the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season unscathed.

On June 2, our experts explored the current state of play in the plastics packaging supply chain as well as offered insight into how markets will evolve in the second half of 2021 so that you can stay ahead of possible volatility in supply-demand dynamics.

The webinar covered:

  • How will demand change as the coronavirus pandemic wanes?
  • When will PE, PP and PET inventory rebuilding begin, and when will supply-demand balance return?
  • How should negotiations evolve as markets transition away from the current supply tightness?

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