After a slow beginning to the year as China battled the Corona virus, polyolefin imports picked up moderately in March and April then soared to new record highs in May. Prices continued their steep declines.Continue reading
During the worst month of the pandemic, the United States sharply increased imports of film and sheet made from polyethylene, polypropylene and PET, volumes of each in April at or near record levels. These polymers, among others, are used for personal protective equipment.Continue reading
The volume of ethylene polymer traded globally expanded by 12% through May 2019 versus the same period in the prior year, to over 26 million tons based on ITP’s analysis of most current available statistics for all polyethylene grades.Continue reading
China imported 2.5 million tons of recycle PE, PP, PS, PVC and PET through April 2017, up 25% from the prior year. Imports of every recycle polymer showed an increase. Continue reading
China’s imports of LDPE were up 43% YTD; LLDPE up 25%; HDPE up 13%; and EVA, up 31%. A massive surge in imports in January plus relatively high volumes in following months accounted for the large percentage gains. Continue reading
Startup of new capacity in Singapore has resulted in much lower PE imports from Saudi Arabia.
US exports through June 2013 of LDPE, LLDPE and HDPE each were up 8% to 12% versus the prior year. Continue reading
Preliminary overview of polyolefins trade in 2011: increased global trade volume in all polyolefins, except LLDPE and EVA; higher Middle East exports of PE and PP, and, especially, copolymers; generally lower exports from Western Europe and North America. Continue reading