News Digest 7/16/2018

KRLD News Room

Weekly Resin Report: No fireworks in spot resin trading during fourth of July week

The Plastics Exchange market update 7/6/2018

Prices flat for PE, PS, PVC; up for PP & PET

Ascend declares force majeure on nylon 66

Kraiburg introduces new TPEs aimed at automotive interior parts

Carolina Color acquires Chroma Corp

BASF introduces new hydrolysis resistant polyesters

Evonik starts process to carve out PMMA and MMA business

BASF considering building chemicals complex in China (behind paywall)

US polypropylene imports slip in May




News Digest 7/9/2018

The Front Page Newsroom

Weekly Resin Report: June ends with a bang, as trading remains lively

The Plastics Exchange market update 6/29/2018

Processors and producers struggle with nylon 66 shortage

DuPont eyes upgrade to Chinese compounding plant

Resins get reprieve from China tariffs (behind paywall)

Ascend provides different perspective on nylon 66 shortage

Feedstock shortage drives up PET prices


News Digest 7/2/2018

News Room

Weekly Resin Report: Spot polyethylene prices drop by as much as $.02/lb

The Plastics Exchange Market Update 6/22/2018

Carolina Color adds capacity at Ohio facility

Mitsui plans POE/POP plant in North America

June price jumps for PP and PET (behind paywall)

Evonik cutting 1000 jobs (behind paywall)

EU to investigate purchase of Solvay’s nylon business by BASF

US Department of Commerce issues anti-dumping duties on PET from several countries

SABIC introduces new line of Ultem PEI for electronics components

LyondellBasell receives US Antitrust clearance for purchase of A. Schulman



Nylon 66 Supplies Are Tight And Expected To Remain So


If you have not already seen price increases on nylon 66, you will soon. Nylon 66 is in tight supply and prices are increasing anywhere from $.10-$.50/lb depending on the grade.

There have been seven force-majeures declared on nylon 66 in 2018. The shortage is being caused by a shortage of adiponitrile (ADN) which is an ingredient used to make nylon 66.

Believe it or not, some of the reason for the shortage stems from Hurricane Harvey which hit the Texas gulf coast in August of last year. There are only 4 plants in the world that make ADN. Two of the plants are on the Texas gulf coast and they both went down before the hurricane hit. These plants don’t just turn back on with a switch, it takes a lot of time to get them started back up and up to full production.

The other factor is increasing demand for nylon 66. This is partly because of the improved US economy and partly because of light-weighting efforts being carried out by the auto industry which is causing a lot of parts that were previously make of metal to be switched to lighter engineering thermoplastics like nylon.

At some point, reduced supply and increased demand clash and unfortunately, we have passed that point.

It will likely take several years for more supply to come on line, in the meantime expect higher prices and longer lead times.

One option that some processors might explore is switching to nylon 6. Nylon 6 has reduced heat resistance but has higher impact and better surface appearance. Nylon 6 supplies are not great either but it is not as tight as 66. I have not seen any nylon 6 price increases this year as of yet. If a lot of people switch their nylon 66 applications to 6, we could see supply become very tight on 6 as well.