SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Southeast Asia is increasingly importing carbide-based polyvinyl chloride (PVC) from China given high cost of ethylene-based material that squeeze the margins of the region’s pipe producers, market sources said on Thursday.
Indonesia and Thailand – two of the biggest PVC markets in the region – are now less hesitant to procure carbide-based PVC cargoes from China, a key trader said at the sidelines of the 18th World Chlor-Alkali conference in Singapore.
India, Russia and Malaysia have traditionally been the key export markets for Chinese carbide-PVC producers, according to the source.
Carbide-based PVC is typically priced around $30/tonne lower than the ethylene-based material. With the recent uptrend in upstream ethylene and ethylene-based PVC prices, this price gap has widened has to more than $70-80/tonne.
Carbide-based PVC are used in the manufacture of PVC pipes, while the ethylene-based variety has a wider application in the construction sector.
However, India’s recent announcement of a revised anti-dumping duty (ADD) structure on PVC imports prompted exempted producers in Asia to hike offers to southeast Asia, the source said.
Southeast Asian pipe producers are grappling with high ethylene-based PVC resin prices given their limited ability to pass on higher prices to downstream users.
Additional reporting by Veena PathareRead John Richardson and Malini Hariharan’s blog – Asian Chemical Connections