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In the news release, Platts: August Petrochemical Prices Rise 7% on Production Costs, issued
Platts: August Petrochemical Prices Rise 7% on Production Costs
LONDON, Sept. 6, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Prices in the $3-trillion-plus global petrochemicals market rose seven percent to $1,262 per metric ton (/mt) in August, according to the just-released monthly average of the Platts Global Petrochemical Index (PGPI), a benchmark basket of seven widely used petrochemicals. This is up from the July average of $1,175/mt, which marked a 6.4% increase from the prior month.
Despite a second consecutive month of increase, petrochemicals prices in August continued to trade well below year-ago levels, down 10% from August 2011.
“Stronger oil and naphtha prices continue to put upward pressure on petrochemical prices,” said Jim Foster, Platts senior editor of petrochemical analytics. “That trend was most obvious in the olefins markets – with both ethylene and propylene seeing a climb in production costs due to higher naphtha prices.”
Petrochemicals are used to make plastic, rubber, nylon and other materials for consumer products, packaging, manufacturing, construction, pharmaceuticals, aviation, electronics and nearly every commercial industry.
PLATTS GLOBAL PETROCHEMICAL INDEX IN DOLLARS PER METRIC TON ----------------------------------------------------------- The daily price reflected as a monthly average ---------------------------------------------- Aug-'12 Monthly % Change Annual % change Aug-'11 Jul-'12 Jun-'12 May-'12 Apr-'12 ------- ---------------- --------------- ------- ------- ------- ------- ------- $1,262 7% - 10% $1,397 $1,175 $1,104 $1,279 $1,444 ------ --- ---- ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
Along with the higher production costs for some products, there was also market anticipation of a demand increase for other petrochemicals – mostly aromatics. Renewed interested in styrene and polystyrene was expected to provide increased demand for benzene – which is a raw input for styrene. However, benzene was the only product in the PGPI to lose value in August, down 3% to $1,245/mt.
Seasonally, market observers anticipate an increase in demand for paraxylene as garment manufacturers use more polyester ahead of the winter clothing season. Paraxylene can be converted into polyester.
Six of the seven components of the PGPI rose in August. Ethylene had the largest gain, climbing 15% to $1,228/mt.
As most PGPI components gained price ground, equity market performance was muted, with three key indexes, the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA), the London Stock Exchange Index (FTSE), and the Nikkei 225 up no more than one to two percent.
To access a summary of the August performance of each of the seven key petrochemicals included in the PGPI, visit this link: http://www.platts.com/newsfeature/2012/pgpi/index.
The PGPI reflects a compilation of the daily price assessments of physical spot market ethylene, propylene, benzene, toluene, paraxylene, low-density polyethylene (LDPE) and polypropylene as published by Platts and is weighted by the three regions of Asia, Europe and the United States. Used as a price reference, a gauge of sector activity, and a measure of comparison for determining the profitability of selling a barrel of crude oil intact or refining it into products, the PGPI was first published by Platts in August 2007.
Published daily in Platts Petrochemical Alert, a real-time news service, and other Platts publications, the PGPI is anchored by Platts’ robust and long-established price assessment methodology and the firm’s 100-year history of energy price reporting.
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