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Styrenic and Engineering polymers face significant feedstock inflation and polyolefin buyers adopt a cautious approach to the market as signals become more mixed.

2022 has got off to an interesting start with crude oil prices falling in GBP terms both as result in global concerns about the impact of the Omicon Covid-19 variant upon demand, and as a result of the GBP strengthening against major currencies as the view on the UK is that high vaccination rates will mitigate the impact of the latest wave of infections on our economy. In the more global context, C2 and C3 sellers did well to achieve a price rollover, and although PP and PE producers are pushing for a price increase in January, most converters appear to be adopting a ‘wait and see’ approach in the expectations that sellers will concede. The buyers of SM, and other Benzene derived polymers, are likely to face a fresh round of significant price increases with the producers likely to adopt a ‘take it, or leave it attitude’, particularly where the economics become negative.

Engineering Polymer prices will also face inflationary pressure from Benzene derived feedstocks, logistics and energy price increases. This is likely to result in producers proposing price increases across a wide portfolio of products, despite demand in key sectors, such as automotive, being rather lacklustre.[/vc_column_text][mk_padding_divider][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css=”.vc_custom_1637849700240{padding-top: 25px !important;}”][vc_column][vc_btn title=”Download price know-how (PDF)” style=”flat” color=”green” i_icon_fontawesome=”fa fa-arrow-down” add_icon=”true” link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Fwww.plastribution.co.uk%2Fwp-content%2Fuploads%2F2022%2F01%2Fpla0514_pkh_jan-22.pdf||target:%20_blank|”][mk_padding_divider size=”20″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row fullwidth=”true”][vc_column][vc_raw_html]JTVCZGZsaXAlMjBpZCUzRCUyMjY2NzklMjIlNUQlNUIlMkZkZmxpcCU1RA==[/vc_raw_html][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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