Impact Plastics Blog

Resin Volatility Slows in Summer Months

Posted by Natalie K. MacVarish on July 31, 2017

After months of roller coaster pricing for PP, PS and PE, the market seems to have settled down moving into the summer.  June pricing for the aforementioned polymers was unchanged from May levels allowing buyers to get their bearings after several months of volatility. Continuing into summer, a slight increase for PP, flat pricing for the third month in a row for PE, and a price decrease for PS were among the changes reported for the month of July.

To help give some context to current market changes, and what may lie ahead, below is a recap of market activity and pricing reported for the month of July:

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Topics: resin, pricing

April & May Price Decreases Offer Resin Market Relief

Posted by Natalie K. MacVarish on May 30, 2017

After three consecutive months of increasing prices for several polymers hit the market during the first quarter of 2017, the tide has turned. Prices fell for polypropylene, polystyrene and polyethylene during the April and May, offering some much anticipated relief to buyers of resin and sheet.

To help give some context to the current market changes that many customers are seeing, and what may lie ahead, below is a recap of market pricing reported for the months of April and May:

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Topics: polypropylene, resin, pricing, polyethylene, polystyrene

Resin Market Wraps up Q1 with Additional Price Increases

Posted by Natalie K. MacVarish on April 7, 2017

The first quarter of 2017 wrapped up with three consecutive months of significant price increases for several polymers. Tight supply and increasing feedstock costs along with other factors resulted in a perfect storm that provided suppliers with the leverage to increase pricing. However, this month it seems that there may be a light at the end of the price increase tunnel for buyers of both resin and sheet.

To help give some context to the current pricing surge that many customers are seeing, and when you may expect some relief, below is a recap of market pricing reported for the month of March:

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Topics: polypropylene, resin, pricing, polyethylene, polystyrene

Resin Pricing Continues Upward Trend

Posted by Natalie K. MacVarish on March 8, 2017

Price increases take the market by storm with pricing for several polymers continuing on the upward trend for February. To start off 2017, January brought with it significant price increases in polystyrene and polypropylene with little notice and rumors of further increases on the horizon. February followed suit, with increases in PP, PS and PE hitting the market. Given the current market volatility there is a lot of uncertainty among buyers of resin and sheet alike regarding whether they should stock up, or hold back.

To help give some context to the current pricing surge that many customers are seeing, and when you may expect some relief, below is a recap of market pricing reported for the month of February:

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Topics: resin, pricing

Resin Price Volatility Leaves Buyers Uncertain

Posted by Natalie K. MacVarish on February 3, 2017

The start of 2017 was quite a shock for buyers in the plastics industry as price increases hit hard for several polymers. Prices surged in polystyrene and polypropylene within the span of days, with little to no notice and rumors of further increases on the horizon. Given the current volatility of the market there is a lot of uncertainty among buyers of resin and plastic sheet alike regarding whether they should stock up, or hold back. 

To help give some context to the current pricing surge that many plastic sheet customers are seeing, and when you may expect some relief, below is a recap of market pricing reported for the month of January:

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Topics: plastic, plastic sheet, resin, pricing