David Platt Markets Editor [email protected] See All Staff Page Recent Stories Polymer prices: Weak demand restrains producers’ planned price hikes In September, standard thermoplastics prices registered strong price gains driven by higher upstream costs. Downward price trend continues as costs fall In July, European standard thermoplastics prices fell across the board because of lower raw material costs and weak demand. Recyclers feeling the strain as prices tumble The European recycled plastics market is under severe pressure because of extremely low demand and lengthening supply. Polymer prices under pressure from lower costs and weak demand Standard thermoplastic prices have fallen sharply over the last two months following a downturn in feedstock costs and ongoing demand weakness. Recycled polymer prices: downward price trend accelerates amid weak demand The downward price trend which began late summer 2022 continued at the start of the new year. Polyolefin prices up sharply on higher monomer costs Standard thermoplastic moved higher because of rising feedstock costs during the first two weeks of February. Prices slide further on depressed demand In December, European standard recyclate prices fell across the board as a result of very low pre-holiday demand. Prices under pressure from weak demand and lower costs In December, European standard thermoplastic prices declined across the board as a result of lower feedstock costs and weak demand. Weak demand pushes prices lower Demand restrained by worries over economy The European standard thermoplastics market in October has seen a mixed picture in terms of price trends. Prices plunge on weak demand and lower feedstock costs Lower feedstock costs and disappointing demand pushed European standard thermoplastic prices further downward across the board last month. R-PET buyers switch to virgin PET as price gap widens In April, recycled polymer prices have continued to rise, but to a much smaller extent compared to the previous month. Surging primary material costs lift recyclate prices Supply bottlenecks and good demand also support recyclers’ price push Producers raise planned hikes as costs escalate In March, polymer markets were being deeply affected by the uncertainty and sharp rise in energy costs caused by the war in Ukraine.