Daily Chemical Reaction
Wild, Wild West – US PE Market Opaqueness High, Resin Maker Alignment With Customers Curbs Long-Term Risk
- Two significant observations from Pack Expo are that price visibility in the US polyethylene (PE) market is low, and the importance of plastic producer alignment with customers is rising.
- US contract reference PE prices surged relative to spot levels in 2021-2022 but still reflect historically high premiums – net transaction prices are mostly in-between, but visibility is low.
- We discuss the rising importance of resin supplier alignment with customers as sustainability efforts shift product mix – producer efforts, such as at Dow Pack Studios, are increasing in value.
- We highlight further strength in crude oil values, progress updates on an e-cracker project in Europe, and the Sept. WASDE report, crop prices, and fertilizer costs as a % of farm revenue.
- The Pack Expo event concludes today, and the C-MACC team will reunite at the CMA World Chemical Forum tomorrow. Graham Copley’s birthday is today, so take time to wish him well.
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